Representations: Memoirs, Autobiographies, Biographies: United States of America
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Introduction

Memoir has shown a steady increase in both production and readership in the United States in recent years. Whereas the traditional autobiography has generally lent itself to a chronological timeline of the author’s life, the modern memoir, because of its more personal and narrative nature, allows for more creative elasticity. As Diana Abu-Jaber notes, “[T]he truth of stor…

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Crawford, Hazel, “Representations: Memoirs, Autobiographies, Biographies: United States of America”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 20 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0693>
First published online: 2010



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