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Profile: Sidonie Smith

Title: Mary Fair Croushore Professor of the Humanities
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve  1971

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Research Interests

Primary Interests

Autobiography studies, feminist theories, women’s literature, human rights and narrative

Secondary Interests

Travel narratives, literature and memory, postcolonial literatures and theory


Where I’m Bound: Patterns of Slavery and Freedom in Black American Autobiography (Greenwood Press, 1974); A Poetics of Women’s Autobiography: Marginality and the Fictions of Self-Representation (Indiana University Press, 1987); De/Colonizing the Subject: The Politics of Gender in Women’s Autobiography, co-edited with Julia Watson (Minnesota University Press, 1982); Subjectivity, Identity, and the Body: Women’s Autobiographical Practices in the Twentieth Century (Indiana University Press, 1993); Getting a Life: Everyday Uses of Autobiography, co-edited with Julia Watson (Minnesota University Press, 1996); Writing New Identities: Gender, Nationalism and Immigration in New European Subjects, co-edited with Gisela Brinker-Gabler (University of Minnesota Press, 1996); Women, Autobiography, Theory: A Reader, Co-edited with Julia Watson (University of Wisconsin Press, 1998); Indigenous Australian Voices, Co-edited with Kay Schaffer and Jenifer Sabioni (Rutgers University Press, 1998); The Olympics at the Millennium: Power, Politics, and the Games, co-edited Kay Schaffer (Rutgers University Press, 2000); Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives, co-written with Julia Watson (University of Minnesota, 2001); Moving Lives: Women’s Twentieth Century Travel Narratives (University of Minnesota, 2001); Interfaces: Women’s Visual and Performance Autobiography, co-edited Julia Watson (University of Michigan Press, 2002);  Human Rights and Narrated Lives: The Ethics of Recognition, co-written with Kay Schaffer (Palgrave, 2004); Before They Could Vote: America Women's Autobiographical Writing, 1819-1919, co-edited with Julia Watson (Wisconsin University Press, 2006); second edition of Reading Autobiography, co-written with Julia Watson (fUniversity of Minnesota Press, 2010); and numerous articles.
  • Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives (2nd Edition)
  • Before They Could Vote: American Women's Autobiographical Writing
  • Human Rights and Narrated Lives<br>The Ethics of Recognition

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