This collection of essays by international academics draws on a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities to examine how far the expectations and forms of genre shape different kinds of autobiographyand influence what messages they can convey.After investigating the problem of genre definition, and tracing the evolution of genre as a concept, contributors explore such issues as:
• how far can we argue that what people narrate in their autobiographical stories is selected and shaped by the repertoire of genre available to them? • to what extent is oral autobiography shaped by its social and cultural context? • what is the relationship between autobiographical sources and the ethnographer? MIRRORS :
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