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Three Good Books on Autobiography

Three Good Books on Autobiography Three Good Books on Autobiography by Linda Wagner- Martin Composing Selves: Southern Women and Autobiography. By Peggy Whitman Prenshaw. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2011. 344 pp. $45.00 cloth; $15.95 e- book. Radical Spiritual Motherhood: Autobiography and Empowerment in Nineteenth- Century African American Women. By Rosetta R. Haynes. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2011. 236 pp. $ 39.95 cloth. Writing the South Through the Self: Explorations in Southern Autobiography. By John C. Inscoe. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2011. 246 pp. $ 59.95 cloth; $19.95 paper. Thirty years ago, critical work in autobiography was rare, aim - ing at something of a niche market. Now that distinctions among genre classifications have blurred, so that much so- called fiction has blended narrative with several qualities of autobiography (or life writing), the niche market threatens to overwhelm the large division of prose. When Sidonie Smith in 1987 published her A Poetics of Women’s Autobiogra- phy, she was already predicting the range and complexity of these books under our consideration this year. Her study is, first of all, a reading of autobiography as gendered, in which women writers finally may speak in The Southern Literary Journal, volume xlv , number 1, fall http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

Three Good Books on Autobiography

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 45 (1) – Jul 19, 2013

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2012 The Southern Literary Journaland the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English and Comparative Literature.
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Abstract

Three Good Books on Autobiography by Linda Wagner- Martin Composing Selves: Southern Women and Autobiography. By Peggy Whitman Prenshaw. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2011. 344 pp. $45.00 cloth; $15.95 e- book. Radical Spiritual Motherhood: Autobiography and Empowerment in Nineteenth- Century African American Women. By Rosetta R. Haynes. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2011. 236 pp. $ 39.95 cloth. Writing the South Through the Self: Explorations in Southern Autobiography. By John C. Inscoe. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2011. 246 pp. $ 59.95 cloth; $19.95 paper. Thirty years ago, critical work in autobiography was rare, aim - ing at something of a niche market. Now that distinctions among genre classifications have blurred, so that much so- called fiction has blended narrative with several qualities of autobiography (or life writing), the niche market threatens to overwhelm the large division of prose. When Sidonie Smith in 1987 published her A Poetics of Women’s Autobiogra- phy, she was already predicting the range and complexity of these books under our consideration this year. Her study is, first of all, a reading of autobiography as gendered, in which women writers finally may speak in The Southern Literary Journal, volume xlv , number 1, fall

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jul 19, 2013

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