edited by Victoria Boynton and Jo Malin ; Emmanuel S. Nelson, advisory editor
Expert contributors discuss women's autobiography and autobiographers from around the world Women have been writing autobiographical works for centuries, and these texis are a valuable source of information about their lives and times. They reflect the personal experiences of their authors as well as the larger cultural, political, and Intellectual contexts in which they lived and wrote. Multicultural in scope and the first work of its kind, this encyclopedia overviews more than 400 years of autobiographical writing by women. Included are nearly 200 alphabetically arranged entries by more than 130 expert contributors. The entries cover individual writers and major worke, particular autobiographical genres, national and ethnic autobiographical traditions, and special issues, themes, and lerms related to women's autobiography.
The volumes include entries on: African American Women's Autobiography: Meena Alexander; Autoethnography; Gwendolyn Brooks; Caribbean Women's Autobiography; Class; The Diary of Anne Frank; Gender; Lucy Hutchinson: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; Erica Jong; Julian of Norwich; Lesbian Autobiography; Native American Women's Autobiography; Scriptotherapy; and many more. Works for further reading, and the encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography. Covers women's autobiography from around the world. Includes entries on individual women autobiographers.