Reading African American Autobiography: Twenty-first-century Contexts And Criticism by Eric D. LamoreReading African American Autobiography: Twenty-first-century Contexts And Criticism by Eric D. Lamore

Reading African American Autobiography: Twenty-first-century Contexts And Criticism

byEric D. Lamore

Hardcover | January 10, 2017

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This timely volume embraces and interprets the increasingly broad and deep canon of life narratives by African Americans. The contributors discover and recover neglected lives, texts, and genres, enlarge the wide range of critical methods used by scholars to study these works, and expand the understanding of autobiography to encompass photography, comics, blogs, and other modes of self-expression. This book also examines at length the proliferation of African American autobiography in the twenty-first century, noting the roles of digital genres, remediated lives, celebrity lives, self-help culture, non-Western religious traditions, and the politics of adoption.
            The life narratives studied range from an eighteenth-century criminal narrative, a 1918 autobiography, and the works of Richard Wright to new media, graphic novels, and a celebrity memoir from Pam Grier.
Eric D. Lamore is an associate professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.  He is the editor of Teaching Olaudah Equiano’s Narrative: Pedagogical Strategies and New Perspectives and coeditor of New Essays on Phillis Wheatley.
Title:Reading African American Autobiography: Twenty-first-century Contexts And CriticismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.8 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0299309800

ISBN - 13:9780299309800


Table of Contents

Introduction: African American Autobiography in the “Age of Obama”                  
            Eric D. Lamore
“A Dying Man”: The Outlaw Body of Arthur, 1768            
            Lynn A. Casmier-Paz
“I Hadn’t Joined Church Yet, and I Wasn’t Scared of Anybody”: Violence and Homosociality in Early Black Men’s Christian Narratives                
            Joycelyn K. Moody
Olaudah Equiano in the United States: Abigail Mott’s 1829 Abridged Edition of the Interesting Narrative                       
            Eric D. Lamore
The Visual Properties of Black Autobiography: The Case of William J. Edwards               
            Anthony S. Foy
Richard Wright’s Environments                    
            Susan Scott Parrish
“A Space of Concentration”: The Autobiographical Comics of Richard “Grass” Green and Samuel R. Delany                       
            Brian Cremins
Born into This Body: Black Women’s Use of Buddhism in Autobiographical Narratives               
            Tracy Curtis
From Blog to Books: Angela Nissel, Authorship, and the Digital Public Sphere                 
            Linda Furgerson Selzer
Grafted Belongings: Identification in Autobiographical Narratives of African American Transracial Adoptees                       
            Marina Fedosik
Reading Signs of Crazy: Pam Grier, a Black Feminist in Praxis                   
            Kwakiutl L. Dreher

Editorial Reviews

“Timely and superb, these essays bring our engagement with African American autobiography—life writing—into this century, urging new approaches to the early literature while guiding us in creative, interdisciplinary assessments of contemporary narratives including comics, online lives, and ‘fluid texts.’ This volume makes us better readers—and quite possibly better writers—of life narratives.”—Robert B. Stepto, Yale University