115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Autobiography II

Session Chair: 
Linda Middleton, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
Session 6: Saturday 10 – 11:30 am
Education (Brogan) 101
Topic Area: 


  1. Katherine Roseau, Purdue University
    Through a study of Hélène Berr’s Journal, I argue that the diary can be studied as an object of memory created by the diarist and the reader. I will trace Berr’s changing goals for her diary as it transforms from a private, individual diary of comfort into an intentional collective vehicle of memory. 
  2. Katy Simonian, Whittier College
    Zabel Yessayan’s voice as an Armenian woman made her a target for both ethnic and gendered persecution during and after the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The Gardens of Silihdar masterfully articulates her desire to confront and transcend the confines of the societies in which she lived and demonstrates the power of autobiographical reflection to record history and globally educate future generations on the horrors of genocide through the lens of a survivor.
  3. Windy C. Petrie, Azusa Pacific University
    Most of the women writers who published autobiography during the 1930s did so reluctantly, due to market demand and the growing culture of celebrity. While many authors used the same pictures over and over as publicity shots, the photos which 1930s autobiographers chose to include in their texts are surprising. This paper examines the visual techniques with which these writers crafted their autobiographical images.
Session Cancelled: