Autobiography

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Pages336-352
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781405187336
DOIs
StatePublished - May 27 2011

Keywords

  • Autobiography, an act recapitulating - dominant narratives, marginalized lives into historical records
  • Autobiography, seeming - like the product of an individual's act
  • Emigration, and periodic writing about emigration - shaping western identities in a "new" social realm
  • Genre, making history and conveying cultural information - examining the American West
  • Ivan Doig's This House of Sky (1978) - celebrated memoir, theme of the search for home
  • La Relación, reference point - for readers of western American autobiography
  • Leslie Marmon Silko, rewriting the American West - and the western American self in Storyteller
  • Native American autobiography, in understanding - "natural," the self, actually a cultural convention
  • The American West, complex stage in which to read and write the "I" - culturally and environmentally diverse, legacy of multiple ideologies and desires
  • Western American autobiography - not providing experience with "authentic" West, or the "true" self

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

Cite this

Woods, G. (2011). Autobiography. In A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (pp. 336-352). John Wiley and Sons. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781444396591.ch21