Autobiography

Anderson, L., 1997. Women’s Autobiography in the 20th Century. London: Harvester Wheatsheaf. An exploration of autobiography using contemporary feminist, psychoanalytic and poststructuralist theory focusing on Sylvia Plath, Audre Lord and Adrienne Rich.

Benstock, S. ed. 1999. The Private Self: Theory and Practice of Women’s Autobiographical Writings. London: Routledge.

Though this text is not specific to discussion of the contemporary genre, it offers a range of perspectives on the principles and practices of women’s writing that continue to be relevant to contemporary women’s writing.

Cosslett, T., Lury, C. & Summerfield, P. eds., 2000. Feminism and Autobiography: Texts, Theories and Methods. London: Routledge.

A strong collection of essays that explores the autobiographical genre in relation to inter-subjectivity and memory.

Morgan, J. & Hall, C. T. eds., 1991. Gender and Genre in Literature: Reflecting Autobiography in Twentieth Century Women’s Fiction. London: Garland Publishing Inc.

An evaluation of the importance of the autobiographical writing genre to women writers. This book contains specific discussions of Doris Lessing and Isabel Allende.

Stanley, L., 1999. The Auto/Biographical I: Theory and Practice of Feminist Auto/Biography. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Stanley explores the way in which female authors write of themselves in relation to post-modern notions of identity.

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