21. Autobiography

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. Gioia Woods

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch21

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

How to Cite

Woods, G. (2011) Autobiography, in A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (ed N. S. Witschi), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch21

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, Northern Arizona University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187336

Online ISBN: 9781444396591

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Keywords:

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

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading