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By Jennifer Jensen Wallach

ISBN-10: 0820330698

ISBN-13: 9780820330693

ISBN-10: 0820335029

ISBN-13: 9780820335025

Although historians usually use memoirs as resource fabric, too usually they confine such utilization to the anecdotal, and there's little methodological literature in regards to the genre’s probabilities and obstacles. This learn articulates an method of utilizing memoirs as tools of old knowing. Jennifer Jensen Wallach applies those rules to a physique of memoirs approximately lifestyles within the American South in the course of Jim Crow segregation, together with works through Zora Neale Hurston, Willie Morris, Lillian Smith, Henry Louis Gates Jr., William Alexander Percy, and Richard Wright.

Wallach argues that the sector of autobiography reviews, that's at present ruled via literary critics, wishes a brand new theoretical framework that enables historians, too, to learn from the translation of existence writing. Her such a lot provocative declare is that, because of the aesthetic energy of literary language, expert artistic writers are uniquely situated to catch the complexities of once more and one other position. via innovations corresponding to metaphor and irony, memoirists jointly supply their readers an empathetic realizing of lifestyles throughout the period of segregation. even supposing those memories endure convinced similarities, it turns into transparent that the South because it was once remembered via every one is infrequently an analogous place.

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