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Profile: Sidonie Smith

Title: Mary Fair Croushore Professor of the Humanities, Director of the Institute for the Humanities
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve  1971
B.A., M.A. University of Michigan 1966

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Research Interests

Primary Interests

Autobiography studies, feminist theories, women’s literature, human rights and narrative, the future of doctoral studies in the humanities

Secondary Interests

Travel narratives, literature and memory, postcolonial literatures and theory, online life writing


Just published: Forthcoming fall 2015: A Manifesto for the Humanities: Transforming Doctoral Education in "Good Enough" Times (University of Michigan Press, 2015). Available open access at http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/dcbooks.13607059.0001.001

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 expanded 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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