The present collection of conference papers focuses on a notorious lacuna in research on autobiography, as autobiographies by women have in the past been neglected to an unconscionable degree. The papers employ a variety of approaches and many of them draw upon new source material. Their subject is autobiography narratives by women between the 17th and 20th centuries, with specific reference to development and changes in the areas of life portrayed, in stylistic and narrative patterns and publication routines. The studies concur in concluding that female autobiography centres around discussion of and reflection upon the relations between and the way these have changed in the course of history. The volume thus provides new insights on the general theory and history of autobiography as a genre.
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