113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Autobiography II: Autobiographic Innovations

Session Chair: 
Jen McDaneld, University of Portland
Session 11: Sunday 10:20-11:50am
Skyline III (PH-ET)
Topic Area: 


  1. Naïma Hachad, American University
    Taking as its starting point Carolle Bénitah’s autobiographic photo-embroidery, this paper reflects on the relationship between photography, biography, and autobiography. Focusing on the inscription of loss and mourning, it shows how Bénitah’s photobiographies apprehend, without concealing, the structural fragmentation shared by photography and autobiography, thus evoking a post-traumatic memory. 
  2. Edward Chamberlain, University of Washington Tacoma
    The autobiographical narratives of Audre Lorde and Roland Sintos Coloma speak to the social difficulties that queer youth continue to face within conventional familial contexts. As these authors link disparate texts together in a form of autobiographical pastiche, they show how non-familial forms of mentoring function as activism and provide a means to well-being.    
  3. Samantha Allen, Texas Christian University
    Self-published erotic author Chuck Tingle uses social media as a platform for self-representation and autobiographic depiction to show how complex life stories can be told through unconventional means, demonstrating the potential future for autobiographical expression through social media. 
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