HomeEasy to StartB.Tech Semester VIIIHS 405 Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Autobiography

Understanding and revisiting autobiography as a literary genre; The ideology of the genre in traditional autobiography: roles and functions; Autobiography as a means of self-expression: personal and social growth; Elements and shape of stories in crafting Life Narratives: Time and Language; Confession: the narrative self and Identity: history, race, ethnography and culture; The politics of subjectivity and resistance; Tensions between creativity, verisimilitude and sacred secrets; Interplay between Self, Mind and Inner Speech; Connection of- Autobiography to memory, terror, trauma, , gender, class and space; Autobiography- and Truth: forms of truth, fiction and truth; Journaling- as a central feature of autobiographic narrative- :- the beginnings, the objective and the- scientific, rhetoric and style; Revising Autobiography, Almanac and Memoir; Imagining future- autobiographical manifestoes in media and technology: alternative futures for the 21st Century , websites as new sites for Life Narratives, blogging- and weblogs as public journals.


1. A.P.J., Abdul Kalam, Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of APJ. Abdul
Kalam, Orient Longman, 1999.

2. M.K., Gandhi, An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth, Beacon
Press, (Reprint) 1993.

3. N., Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela Tag, Back
Bay Books, 1995.

4. C. L., Hobbs, The Elements of Autobiography and Life Narratives,
University of Oklahoma, Longman, 2004.


1.- M. L. King Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., Warner
Books, 2001.

2.–A. Hitler, Mein Kampf, Mariner Books, Reissue edition, 1998.

3.–M. Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, New York, Bantam, 1971.

4.–M. M. Bakhtin, The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays, M., Holquist,
(Ed), Austin, University of Texas Press, 1981.

5.—B. Franklin-s Autobiography, W. W. Norton & Company, 1985.

6.—J. J. Rousseau, Confessions, W. C., Mallory (Trans), 1782
(1st published), eBooks@Adelaide, 2004.

7.—A. Frank, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl,
1947, (1st published), Bantam, 1993.

8.—D. Lama. Freedom in Exile, San Francisco, Harper, 1991.

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