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Books and Articles on Autobiography

Olney, James. Metaphors of Self: The Meaning of Autobiography. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1972
 
Starobinski, Jean, “The Style of Autobiography,” Autobiography: Essays Theoretical and Critical. ed. James Olney. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1980. p. 74
 
White, Michael and David Epston. Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends. WW Norton & Company: New York. 1990
 

Malinowski, Bronislaw. “The Role of Myth in Life”. Sacred Narrative. Dundes, Alan, ed., Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1984.

Harjo, Joy. The Spiral of Memory Interviews. Coltelli, Laura, Editor. University of Michigan Press. 1996

Muske, Carol. Women and Poetry: Truth, Autobiography, and the Shape of Self. University of Michigan Press. 1997

The recording of a life within history also creates us. It is through the telling of stories that we justify our emotions at any given time. “…the poem of witness must exist—because it is necessary to refresh moral life” (Muske 24). It is through the act of truth-telling testimony that we find our self, that we find our truths.