Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts
Type of Degree
“Establishing an Elsewhere in Contemporary American Women’s Autobiography” explores women’s self-writing and the ways in which it offers another story or an elsewhere in the genre of autobiography. This elsewhere is distinct from traditional or conventional autobiography or, more specifically, how traditional autobiography has come to be understood. The project outlines various ways contemporary American women autobiographers deal with the issues of fragmentation (the lack of a coherent self), truth and lying (the self as a construction), and interconnectedness with others (the self as communal) when they write about themselves. It is both an analytical and creative thesis in which the author weaves her own creative memoirs into her discussion of other women’s memoirs, positioning them so that the two parts dialogue with one another over some of the major topics in contemporary women’s autobiography.
Autobiography - Women authors.
Gingerich, Jennifer Alena, "Establishing an Elsewhere in Contemporary American Women's Autobiography" (2003). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 604.