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The Literature of Autobiographical Narrative: 3 Volume Set
     

The Literature of Autobiographical Narrative: 3 Volume Set

by St James Press (Editor)
 

"Every one of us is a witness to history. The times we live in will be studied and analyzed by future generations, just as we currently study and analyze the past. Autobiographies, oral histories, diaries and journals are records of the human experience, snapshots of a time and place that are brought to life in our consciousness through words on a page. In reading

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"Every one of us is a witness to history. The times we live in will be studied and analyzed by future generations, just as we currently study and analyze the past. Autobiographies, oral histories, diaries and journals are records of the human experience, snapshots of a time and place that are brought to life in our consciousness through words on a page. In reading these works, we bear witness to and come to better understand the societies, cultures, and experiences of the past directly from the people who lived during those periods.

Gale's Literature Of Society Series, The Literature Of Autobiographical Narrative is a three volume set examining works that chronicle a life or are compiled from narrated memories. This helps us understand history more from a personal, rather than historical, level. Three hundred engaging entries focuses on autobiographies, diaries, journals and oral histories from around the world and various time periods to bring us closer to the human experience of history. Some entries look at those who carry on the tradition of oral history, such the West African Griot, Scandinavian Skald, British and Gaelic bards, Native American storytellers, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
11/01/2013
The volumes in this set address "Autobiography and Memoir," "Diaries and Letters," and "Oral History." Arranged by subject headings—e.g., adversity and resistance, war experiences—each selection gives an overview of the work, historical and literary context, an analysis of theme and style, critical discussion, color photographs, and a bibliography. As oral history, memoir writing, letters, and diaries contribute a greater understanding of others, this title succeeds in providing succinct evaluations of its authors' contributions and life experiences. People from many backgrounds and nations are included. While Thomas Larson (The Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing Personal Narrative) offers direction, and authors such as Sita Anantha Raman (Women in India), David W. Blight (The Slave Narratives), and Tiffany K. Wayne (Feminist Writings from Ancient Times to the Modern World) provide insight into autobiographical writing, this title presents worldwide, subject-centered autobiographical writing from many eras. President Obama's Dreams of My Father is included. Each volume contains an extensive subject index identifying illustrations, titles, people, and subjects, and an author index of the entire set. VERDICT A fascinating and useful gem recommended for autobiographical narrative enthusiasts, memoirists, psychologists, and language professionals.—M.S. Lary, San Bernardino, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558628700
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
06/18/2013
Series:
Word of Mouth
Pages:
1200
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.25(h) x (d)

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