Understanding and revisiting autobiography as a literary genre; The ideology of the genre in traditional autobiography: roles and functions; Autobiography as a means of self-expression: personal and social growth; Elements and shape of stories in crafting Life Narratives: Time and Language; Confession: the narrative self and Identity: history, race, ethnography and culture; The politics of subjectivity and resistance; Tensions between creativity, verisimilitude and sacred secrets; Interplay between Self, Mind and Inner Speech; Connection of- Autobiography to memory, terror, trauma, , gender, class and space; Autobiography- and Truth: forms of truth, fiction and truth; Journaling- as a central feature of autobiographic narrative- :- the beginnings, the objective and the- scientific, rhetoric and style; Revising Autobiography, Almanac and Memoir; Imagining future- autobiographical manifestoes in media and technology: alternative futures for the 21st Century , websites as new sites for Life Narratives, blogging- and weblogs as public journals.
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