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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 frequently they confine such utilization to the anecdotal, and there's little methodological literature concerning the genre’s probabilities and barriers. This learn articulates an method of utilizing memoirs as tools of old figuring out. Jennifer Jensen Wallach applies those ideas to a physique of memoirs approximately existence within the American South in the course of Jim Crow segregation, together with works via Zora Neale Hurston, Willie Morris, Lillian Smith, Henry Louis Gates Jr., William Alexander Percy, and Richard Wright.

Wallach argues that the sector of autobiography stories, that is presently ruled by way of literary critics, wishes a brand new theoretical framework that permits historians, too, to profit from the translation of existence writing. Her such a lot provocative declare is that, end result of the aesthetic strength of literary language, expert artistic writers are uniquely located to catch the complexities of once more and one other position. via thoughts comparable to metaphor and irony, memoirists jointly supply their readers an empathetic realizing of lifestyles throughout the period of segregation. even though those memories endure yes similarities, it turns into transparent that the South because it was once remembered via every one is infrequently a similar place.

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