Section II, entitled Leaving the Family, features the autobiographical
expression of two twentieth-century Italian autobiographers.
Knowles draws examples from some of the best known Canadian autobiographical
solo shows, including Ken Garnhum's Pants on Fire, George Seremba's Come Good Rain, and Djanet Sears's Afrika Solo, among others, to identify moments of "phenomenological frisson" when the audience is made acutely aware that the performer's body is the same body that experienced the events it is now recounting (56).
It offers a two-hundred-fifty-year span of autobiographical
texts and their interpretation, from Francesco Petrarca (chs.
He continues by stating that one of his principal aims in writing the book is 'to help clarify that significance, while at the same time assessing and exploring the multiform implications of those writings for our understanding particularly of autobiographical
(and more generally, self-descriptive) writing' (ibid.
In queersexlife: Autobiographical
Notes on Sexuality, Gender & Identity Terry Goldie offers up a heady brew of theory and introspection that is both refreshing and biting.
Freadman comments that this view of the world casts doubt on Riemer's entire autobiographical
Rather than 'autobiographical
occasions' to paraphrase the title of Albert Stone's collection, (10) Baldwin offers autobiographical
fragments-'Notes' is the word he himself uses for his writing-that are at the service of another textual intention.
The book as a whole aims to map the relationship between the vast numbers of Americans in Paris, the autobiographical
writings they produced, and American literary modernism.
Dennis Tate describes this in his study of East German autobiographical
narratives as a 'steady stream of prose works located in the ambiguous area between first-person fiction and autobiography that have been published between the 1960s and the present day by two generations of authors' (p.
Some of the women whose autobiographical
writings are included here are well known: Mary Jemison, Fanny Kemble, Sojourner Truth and Margaret Fuller have caught our attention before.
And young JT LeRoy, an author of autobiographical
stories of childhood abuse and a youth spent in the hustler demimonde of San Francisco's Polk Street, captured the attention and affection of, among others, poet Sharon Olds, star memoirists Mary Karr and Dave Eggers, novelist Mary Gaitskill, and actress/director Asia Argento, whose film adaptation of LeRoy's The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things hit theaters in March--just after it was discovered that "JT LeRoy" is an invention of the writer and musician Laura Albert.
Heading For Home is to be given high praise and recommendation for readers who would enjoy a timeless but modern autobiographical
story that informs, entertains, and occasionally inspires.