Hardback
January 1, 2008
9780873528191
English
409
9.00 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
1.51 Pounds (US)
$25.00 USD
v2.1 Reference
Paperback / softback
January 1, 2008
9780873528207
English
409
9.00 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
1.2 Pounds (US)
$25.00 USD
v2.1 Reference

Teaching Life Writing Texts

Edited by Miriam Fuchs and Craig Howes
The past thirty years have witnessed a rapid growth in the number and variety of courses and programs that study life writing from literary, philosophical, psychological, and cultural perspectives. The field has evolved from the traditional approach that biographies and autobiographies were always about prominent people—historically significant persons, the nobility, celebrities, writers—to the conception of life writing as a genre of interrogation and revelation. The texts now studied include memoirs, testimonios, diaries, oral histories, genealogies, and group biographies and extend to resources in the visual and plastic arts, in films and videos, and on the Internet. Today the tensions between canonical and emergent life writing texts, between the famous and the formerly unrepresented, are making the study of biography and autobiography a far more nuanced and multifarious activity.

This volume in the MLA series Options for Teaching builds on and complements earlier work on pedagogical issues in life writing studies. Over forty contributors from a broad range of educational institutions describe courses for every level of postsecondary instruction. Some writers draw heavily on literary and cultural theory; others share their assignments and weekly syllabi. Many essays grapple with texts that represent disability, illness, abuse, and depression; ethnic, sexual and racial discrimination; crises and catastrophes; witnessing and testimonials; human rights violations; and genocide. The classes described are taught in humanities, cultural studies, social science, and language departments and are located in, among other countries, the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Germany, Eritrea, and South Africa.

About the Authors

Miriam Fuchs coedits Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly and is professor of English at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. She is the author of The Text Is Myself: Women's Life Writing and Catastrophe (2004), editor of Marguerite Young, Our Darling: Tributes and Essays, and coeditor, with Ellen G. Friedman, of Breaking the Sequence: Women's Experimental Fiction (1989). She has published on modernist authors, life writing, Djuna Barnes, Emily Holmes Coleman, H.D., Patricia Grace, and Queen Lili'uokalani. Craig Howes is director of the Center for Biographical Research, the coeditor of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, and professor of English at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. He is the author of Voices of the Vietnam POWs (1993) and essays on Victorian literature and life writing, including the afterword to The Ethics of Life Writing (ed. Paul John Eakin, 2004), and the coproducer of the television documentary series Biography Hawai'i.

Reviews

"Howes and Fuchs have spanned a remarkable breadth in terms of where their writers come from, the sorts of schools they teach in, and the life writing issues on which they focus. The result is a veritable gold mine for both teaching and research." —Susanna Egan, author, Mirror Talk: Genres of Crisis in Contemporary Autobiography

"For both teachers and researchers in the varied areas of 'life writing', this volume in the Options for Teaching series is of tremendous value. It sets out to be as all-encompassing as possible in terms of its definition of life writing, and thus many readers are likely to encounter examples of various forms of writing the self which they have not previously considered in any great detail."—Ursula J. Fanning, University College Dublin

9780873528191 : teaching-life-writing-texts-fuchs-howes
Hardback
409 Pages
$25.00 USD
9780873528207 : teaching-life-writing-texts-fuchs-howes
Paperback / softback
409 Pages
$25.00 USD

Other Titles by Miriam Fuchs

Study Abroad: Traditions and New Directions

edited by Miriam Fuchs, Sarita Rai, Yves Loiseau
Mar 2019 - Modern Language Association
$65.00 USD - Hardback
$29.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles from Options for Teaching

Teaching Postcolonial Environmental Literature and Media

edited by Cajetan Nwabueze Iheka
Dec 2021 - Modern Language Association
$37.00 USD - Paperback / softback
$90.00 USD - Hardback

Teaching French Neoclassical Tragedy

edited by Hélène E. Bilis, Ellen McClure
Jul 2021 - Modern Language Association
$85.00 USD - Hardback
$36.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Teaching Anglophone South Asian Women Writers

edited by Deepika Bahri, Filippo Menozzi
Jun 2021 - Modern Language Association
$85.00 USD - Hardback
$36.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Study & Teaching

Approaches to Teaching The Plum in the Golden Vase (The Golden Lotus)

edited by Andrew Schonebaum
Jul 2022 - Modern Language Association
$80.00 USD - Hardback
$34.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Approaches to Teaching Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

edited by Michael R. Katz, Alexander Burry
Jun 2022 - Modern Language Association
$80.00 USD - Hardback
$34.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega

edited by Christian Fernández, José Antonio Mazzotti
Feb 2022 - Modern Language Association
$80.00 USD - Hardback
$34.00 USD - Paperback / softback