Autobiographies may provide unique psychological, sociological, and historical insights. At the same time, however, they can also present a bias or skewed interpretations of events. This guide is designed to help you:
- Locate autobiographies.
- Find information about autobiographies as a literary form and identify theories on memory, truth, and concept of self that impact the construction/accuracy of autobiographies.
In addition, this guide provides guidance on how to find historical or sociological information that will help add context to an autobiography.
Potential Topics to Explore
- Contrast autobiographies by the same author that are written for different audiences.
- Explore the concept of self in autobiography. Is there such a thing as authentic self? Is there such thing as core self?
- Define the role of truth in autobiography. What does it mean to be truthful in this contect?
- Describe theories of memory that are relevant to autobiography.
- Is it possible for someone other than the author to critique an autobiography?