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ENGL3386
Module Reading List

Telling Lives: Reading and Writing Family Memoir, 2017/18, Semester 1
Dr Jay Prosser
j.d.prosser@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Set Texts

Maxine Hong Kingston, The woman warrior : memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts (Picador, 1981)

Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography (Vintage, 2009)

Alan Bennett, A life like other people's (Faber, 2009)

James McBride, The color of water : a black man's tribute to his white mother (Bloomsbury, 1998)

Blake Morrison, Things my mother never told me (Vintage, 2003)

Edmund de Waal, The hare with amber eyes : a hidden inheritance (Vintage, 2011)

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Secondary Reading

-- an indicative (i.e. not comprehensive) list

For terms such as ‘voice,’ ‘letter,’ ‘photograph,’ see also the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (electronic resource). You may need to be creative and think laterally: e.g. for ‘voice,’ try ‘narrator,’ for ‘story,’ see also ‘myth,’ for ‘photograph,’ ‘realism.’ Etc.

Make good use of the ‘autobiography theory’ reading section; their general nature makes them relevant to all set texts.

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Autobiography Theory +

Adriana Cavarero, Relating narratives : storytelling and selfhood, translated and with an introduction by Paul A. Kottman (London: Routledge, 2000)

Zsofia Ban and Turai Hedvig, Exposed memories : family pictures in private and collective memory, (International Association of Art Critics, 2010)

Ricia Anne Chansky and Emily Hipchen, The Routledge auto/biography studies reader (Routledge, 2016)

G. Thomas Couser, Memoir : an introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

Paul John Eakin, ed. , The ethics of life writing (Ithaca, N.Y: Cornell University Press, 2004)

Paul John Eakin, Fictions in autobiography : studies in the art of self invention (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1985)

Paul John Eakin, How our lives become stories : making selves (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1999)

Paul John Eakin, Living autobiographically : how we create identity in narrative (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2008)

Leigh Gilmore, The limits of autobiography : trauma and testimony (New York: Cornell UP, 2002)

Marianne Hirsch, ed., The familial gaze (Hanover, NH : Dartmouth College, c1999)

Marianne Hirsch, Family frames : photography, narrative, and postmemory (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997)

Marianne Hirsch and Nancy K Miller, Rites of return : diaspora poetics and the politics of memory  (Columbia University Press, 2011)

Margaretta Jolly, ed., Encyclopedia of life writing : autobiographical and biographical forms (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001)

Zachary Leader, On life-writing ISBN: 9780198704065 (hbk.) : £25.00 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)

Hebert Leibowitz, Fabricating lives : explorations in American autobiography (New York: Directions, 1991)

Paul de Man, 'Autobiography as De-Facement' in De Man, The rhetoric of romanticism (New York: Columbia UP, 1984) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Nancy K. Miller, Bequest and Betrayal: Memoirs of a Parent’s Death (New York: Oxford UP, 1996)

Nancy K. Miller, But enough about me : why we read other people's lives (New York: Columbia UP, 2002), HD.

Nancy K. Miller and Jason Tougaw, eds., Extremities : trauma, testimony, and community (Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2002)

Anna Poletti and Julie Rak, eds., Identity technologies : constructing the self online (Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press,  2013)

Jay Prosser, Light in the dark room : photography and loss (Minneapolis: Minnesota UP, 2004)

Jay Prosser, Second skins : the body narratives of transsexuality (New York: Columbia UP, 1998)

Julie Rak, Boom! : manufacturing memoir for the popular market   ( Waterloo, Ontario : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013 )

Arnaud Schmitt,  The phenomenology of autobiography : making it real ISBN: 9781138710290 hardback; 1138710296 hardback: Making it Real (London: Routledge, 2017)

Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson, eds. , Getting a life : everyday uses of autobiography (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996)

Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson, Reading autobiography : a guide for interpreting life narratives  (Minneapolis: Minnesota UP, 2001) HD

Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson, eds ., Women, autobiography, theory : a reader (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1998)

Ben Yagoda, Memoir : a history (Penguin, 2009)

William Zinsser, Inventing the truth : the art and craft of memoir (Boston: Houghton Milfflin, 1998)

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Journals

Biography : an interdisciplinary quarterly.

Life writing.

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TV

Who Do You Think You Are?   http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007t575

Discovering your roots - an introduction to genealogy [videorecording]. (DVD and CD format)

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Manuals for Writing Memoirs and Family History

Judith Barrington, Writing the memoir : from truth to art (Portland, Oregon: Eighth Mountain Press, 2002)

Deborah Cass, Writing your family history : a practical guide (Marlborough: Crowood Press, 2004)

Alison Chisholm and Brenda Courtie, How to write about yourself : a practical guide to using your life experiences in autobiography, articles, stories and poetry (London: Allison & Busby, 1999)

Sally Cline and Carole Angier, The Arvon book of life writing : writing biography, autobiography and memoir (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1992)

Lois Daniel, How to write your own life story : the classic guide for the nonprofessional writer (Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 1997)

Vivian Gornick, The situation and the story : the art of personal narrative (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001)

Ursula K. Le Guin, Steering the craft : exercises and discussions on story writing for the lone navigator or the mutinous crew (Portland, Oregon: Eighth Mountain Press, 1998)

David Hey, Oxford companion to family and local history [electronic resource] (Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008). online

Carl H. Kluas, A self made of words : crafting a distinctive persona in nonfiction writing (University of Iowa Press, 2013)

Deena Metzger, Writing for your life : a guide and companion to the inner worlds (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1992)

George Pelling, Beginning your family history (Newbury: Countryside Books in association with the Federation of Family History Societies, 1998)

Public Record Office, Getting started in family history (Richmond, Surrey: Public Record Office, 2000)

 Bill Roorbach, Writing life stories : how to make memories into memoirs, ideas into essays, and life into literature (Writer's Digest Books; 2008)

Jerry Waxler, Memoir revolution : a social and literary shift that uses your story to heal, connect, and inspire (Neuralcoach Press, 2013)

Stanley Fish, How to write a sentence and how to read one (Harper, 2011)

Meeting the devil : a book of memoir London Review of Books  (Heinemann, 2013)

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Jay Prosser, Love and Empire, selected publications to date from:

 ‘Babylon Baghdad Bombay,’ Moving worlds., 5.2, 32-50, 2006. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

‘The Baghdadi Jew and His Chinese Mistress,’ in Exposed memories : family pictures in private and collective memory, eds. Zsofia Ban and Turai Hedvig, International Association of Art Critics, 2010  

 ‘My Grandfather’s Voice: Jewish Immigrants from Baghdad to Bombay,’ Life writing., 4.1, 103-110, 2007.

‘Singing with the Taxi Driver: From Bollywood to Babylon,’ in Rites of return : diaspora poetics and the politics of memory,’ eds. Marianne Hirsch and Nancy K. Miller, New York, Columbia University Press, 2011. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

‘Sim Koh-Wei, My Jewish Grandmother,’ Biography : an interdisciplinary quarterly., 28.1, 130-137, 2005.

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Set Texts Reading

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Maxine Hong Kingston, The woman warrior : memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts

Encyclopedia of life writing : autobiographical and biographical forms entries: ‘Asian American Life Writing,’ ‘Kingston, Maxine Hong,’ ‘Identity,’ ‘Immigration Writings, American,’ ‘Memory,’ ‘The Self.’

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms: ‘Myth,’ ‘Story.’

Yan Gao, The art of parody : Maxine Hong Kingston's use of Chinese sources (New York: P. Lang, 1996)

Wendy Ho, In her mother's house : the politics of Asian American mother-daughter writing (Walnut Creek : AltaMira Press, 1999)

Susheila Nasta.ed., Writing across worlds : contemporary writers talk (London : Routledge, 2004)

Lauren Rusk, The life writing of otherness : Woolf, Baldwin, Kingston, and Winterson (New: Routledge, 2002)

Maureen Sabine, Maxine Hong Kingston's broken book of life : an intertextual study of the Woman warrior and China me (Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, 2004)

Sidonie Smith, A poetics of women's autobiography : marginality and the fictions of self-representation (Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1987)

Paul Skenazy and Tera Martin, eds., Conversations with Maxine Hong Kingston (Jackson, Miss: University Press of Mississippi, 1998)

Sau-ling Cynthia Wong, ed., Maxine Hong Kingston's The woman warrior : a casebook (Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1999)

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Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida

Encyclopedia of life writing : autobiographical and biographical forms entries: ‘Barthes, Roland,’ ‘Epitaphs,’ ‘Loss, Bereavement and Life Writing,’ ‘Photography.’

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms: ‘Epitaphs,’ ‘Realism.’

Timothy Dow Adams, Light writing & life writing : photography in autobiography ( Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2000)

Geoffrey Batchen, Photography degree zero : reflections on Roland Barthes's Camera lucida (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2009)

Geoffrey Batchen, Forget me not : photography & remembrance (Amsterdam : Van Gogh Museum ; New York : Princeton Architectural Press, 2004)

Zsofia Ban and Turai Hedvig, Exposed memories : family pictures in private and collective memory, (International Association of Art Critics, 2010)

Roland Barthes, Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes, trans. Richard Howard (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1977)

Roland Barthes, Mourning diary : October 26, 1977 - September 15, 1979, ed Nathalie Leger, trans. Richard Howard (London: Notting Hill, 2011)

Katja Haus, Regarding lost time : photography, identity and affect in Proust, Benjamin, and Barthes (Leeds : Maney, 2012)

Jay Prosser, Light in the dark room : photography and loss (Minneapolis:Minnesota University Press, 2004)

Jean-Michel Rabaté, ed., Writing the image after Roland Barthes ( Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c1997)

Linda Haverty Rugg , Picturing ourselves : photography & autobiography ( Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press, 1997)

Nancy M. Shawcross, Roland Barthes on photography : the critical tradition in perspective (Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 1997 )

Susan Sontag, ‘Introduction,’ A Barthes reader, edited, and with an introduction, by Susan Sontag (London : Vintage, 1993) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Susan Sontag, On Photography (London: Penguin, 1978)

Andy Stafford, Roland Barthes, phenomenon and myth : an intellectual biography (Reaktion Books, 2015)

Kathrin Yacavone, Benjamin, Barthes, and the singularity of photography (New York; London : Continuum, 2012)

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Alan Bennett, A life like other people's

Encyclopedia of life writing : autobiographical and biographical forms entries: ‘Age and Life Writing,’ ‘Britain: 20th-Century Auto/Biography,’ ‘Gossip,’ ‘Illness and Life Writing,’ ‘Nature, the Environment, and Life Writing’ ‘Old Age and Life Writing,’ ‘Shame,’ ‘Social Class and Life Writing,’ ‘Working-Class Writings.’

Tim Adams, ‘Enter, finally, the real Alan Bennett,’ The Observer., (Sunday 8 November 2009), online. http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2009/nov/08/alan-bennett-habit-of-art

Alan Bennett, The complete Talking heads [videorecording] (London BBC : 2 Entertain, 2005), DVD.

Alan Bennett, Keeping on keeping on ISBN: 9781781256497 (hbk.) : £22.00 (London: Profile, 2016)

Alan Bennett, The lady in the van (London: Profile, 1999)

Alan Bennett, Telling Tales (London: BBC, 2000)

Alan Bennett, Untold stories (London: Faber, 2005)

Alan Bennett, Writing Home (London: Faber, 1998)

Alexander Games, Backing into the limelight : the biography of Alan Bennett (London: Headline, 2002)

Julia Kristeva, Black sun : depression and melancholia, trans. Leon S. Roudiez (New York: Columbia University Press, 1989)

Kara McKechnie, Alan Bennett (Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2007)

Nancy K. Miller, Bequest & betrayal : memoirs of a parent's death (New York : Oxford University Press, 1996)

Daphne Turner. Alan Bennett : in a manner of speaking ( London : Faber and Faber, 1997).

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James McBride, The color of water : a black man's tribute to his white mother

Encyclopedia of life writing : autobiographical and biographical forms entries: ‘Adolescense and Life Writing,’ ‘African American Life Writing,’ ‘Autobiography and Biography: Their Relationship’; ‘Collaborative Autobiography,’ ‘Ethnicity, Race, and Life Writing,’ ‘Narrative,’ ‘Oral History,’ ‘Orality,’ ‘Sound Recording and Life Writing.’

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms: ‘Narrator’

Katya Gibel Azoulay, Black, Jewish, and interracial : it's not the color of your skin, but the race of your kin : and other myths of identity, (Durham: Duke UP, 1997)

William L. Andrews, ed, African American autobiography : a collection of critical essays (Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice Hall, 1993)

Houston A. Baker, Blues, ideology, and Afro-American literature : a vernacular theory (Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 1984)

W.E.B Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk (Chicago : A. C. McClurg & co., 1903), especially chapters 1 and 14. Online via the library

Paul Gilroy, Between camps : race, identity and nationalism at the end of the colour line (London: Allen Lane, 2000

Gayl Jones, Liberating voices : oral tradition in African American literature (Cambridge, Mass ; London : Harvard University Press, 1991)

Samira Kawash, Dislocating the color line : identity, hybridity, and singularity in African-American narrative (Stanford: Standford UP, 1997)

Kenneth Mos, Autobiography and Black identity politics : racialization in twentieth-century America (Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999) .

Robert B. Stepto, From behind the veil : a study of Afro-American narrative (Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1991)

Patricia J Williams, Seeing a colour-blind future : the paradox of race : the 1997 Reith lectures (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1998

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Blake Morrison, Things my mother never told me

Encyclopedia of life writing : autobiographical and biographical forms entries: ‘Confession,’ ‘Elegies,’ Epistolary Fiction,’ ‘Family Relations and Life Writing,’ ‘Gender and Life Writing,’ 'Letters,' ‘Love, Sexuality, and Life Writing.’

Janet Gurkin Altman, Epistolarity : approaches to a form (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1982)

Paul John Eakin, ed. , The ethics of life writing (Ithaca, N.Y: Cornell University Press, 2004)

Blake Morrison, And When Did You Last See Your Father (London: Granta, 1998)

Blake Morrison, 'He Will Need a Raincoat,' London Review of Books, Vol. 38 No. 14 · 14 July 2016 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

pages 23-24: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v38/n14/blake-morrison/he-will-need-a-raincoat  

Nancy K. Miller, Bequest & betrayal : memoirs of a parent's death (New York : Oxford University Press, 1996)

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Edmund de Waal, The hare with amber eyes : a hidden inheritance

Encyclopedia of life writing : autobiographical and biographical forms entries: ‘Historiography,’ Holocaust Writings,’ ‘Judaism and Life Writing,’ ‘Migration, Diaspora and Life Writing,’ ‘Trauma,’ ‘Travel Narratives,’ ‘Visual Arts and Life Writing.’

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms: ‘Ekphrasis,’

Bill Brown, ‘Objects, Other and Us (the Refabrication of Things),’ Critical inquiry. 36.2 (2010): 183-217

Bill Brown, Other things (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016) 

Edmund de Waal, Bernard Leach (London : Tate Gallery Pub. 1998)

Edmund de Waal, The white road : a pilgrimage of sorts: Journey into an Obsession ( Random House of Canada, 2016)

Marianne Hirsch, The Generation of postmemory : writing and visual culture after the Holocaust (New York : Columbia University Press, 2012)

Marianne Hirsch and Nancy K Miller, Rites of return : diaspora poetics and the politics of memory  (Columbia University Press, 2011)

Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer, Ghosts of home : the afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish memory, ( Berkeley, Calif. ; London : University of California Press, 2011)

Richard Teleky, The Life of Inanimate Objects’ Queen's quarterly. 119. 1 (2012): 46-57.

Emma Crichton-Miller, et al, Edmund de Waal  (Phaidon, 2014)

This list was last updated on 19/07/2017