A History of African American Autobiography by Moody, Joycelyn

A History of African American Autobiography

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This History explores innovations in African American autobiography since its inception, examining the literary and cultural history of Black self-representation amid life writing studies. By analyzing the different forms of autobiography, including pictorial and personal essays, editorials, oral histories, testimonials, diaries, personal and open letters, and even poetry performance media of autobiographies, this book extends the definition of African American autobiography, revealing how people of African descent have created and defined the Black self in diverse print cultures and literary genres since their arrival in the Americas. It illustrates ways African Americans use life writing and autobiography to address personal and collective Black experiences of identity, family, memory, fulfillment, racism and white supremacy. Individual chapters examine scrapbooks as a source of self-documentation, African American autobiography for children, readings of African American persona poems, mixed-race life writing after the Civil Rights Movement, and autobiographies by African American LGBTQ writers.

Author: Joycelyn Moody
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 07/22/2021
Pages: 432
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.6lbs
Size: 9.20h x 7.70w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9781108835541

Review Citation(s):
Choice 10/01/2022

About the Author
Moody, Joycelyn: - Joycelyn K. Moody is Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair of American Literature and Professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her scholarship includes Sentimental Confessions: Spiritual Narratives of Nineteenth-Century African American Women, Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge (2001), and numerous essays on African American literature and feminism. She is Series Editor of African American Literature in Transition (Cambridge) and Co-Editor of the book series Regenerations: African American Literature and Culture.

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