This collection of short essays provides a rigorous, rich, collaborative space in which scholars and practitioners debate the value of different methodological approaches to the study of life narratives and explore a diverse range of interdisciplinary methods. Auto/biography studies has been one of the most vibrant sub-disciplines to emerge in the humanities and social sciences in the past decade, providing significant links between disciplines including literary studies, languages, linguistics, digital humanities, medical humanities, creative writing, history, gender studies, education, sociology, and anthropology.

The essays in this collection position auto/biography as a key discipline for modelling interdisciplinary approaches to methodology and ask: what original and important thinking can auto/biography studies bring to discussions of methodology for literary studies and beyond? And how does the diversity of methodological interventions in auto/biography studies build a strong and diverse research discipline? In including some of auto/biography’s leading international scholars alongside emerging scholars, and exploring key subgenres and practices, this collection showcases knowledge about what we do when engaging in auto/biographical research. Research Methodologies for Auto/biography Studies offers a series of case studies that explore the research practices, reflective behaviours, and ethical considerations that inform auto/biographical research.

chapter |10 pages

What We Do When We Do Life Writing

Methodologies for Auto/Biography Now
ByAshley Barnwell, Kate Douglas

part |111 pages


chapter 1|6 pages

Writing Memoir

ByClaire Lynch

chapter 2|7 pages

Archival Methods in Auto/Biographical Research

ByMaria Tamboukou

chapter 3|8 pages


ByAnna Poletti

chapter 4|7 pages

Objects and Things

ByGillian Whitlock

chapter 5|8 pages

Social, Media, Life Writing

Online Lives at Scale, Up Close, and In Context
ByAimée Morrison

chapter 6|12 pages

Studying Visual Autobiographies in the Post-Digital Era

BySarah Brophy

chapter 7|7 pages


ByW. Craig Howes

chapter 8|8 pages

Research Methods for Studying Graphic Biography

ByCandida Rifkind

chapter 9|7 pages

Working With Family Histories

ByAshley Barnwell

chapter 10|7 pages

Tracing Emotional Bonds in Family Letters

A Pursuit of an Epistolary Melody
ByLeena Kurvet-Käosaar

chapter 11|6 pages

Life Narrative Methods for Working With Diaries

ByKylie Cardell

chapter 12|7 pages

Autoethnographic Life Writing

Reaching Beyond, Crossing Over
BySally Ann Murray

chapter 14|7 pages

Performing and Broadcasting Lives

Auto/Biographical Testimonies in Theatre and Radio
ByGunn Gudmundsdottir

chapter 15|6 pages

Big Data and Self-Tracking

Research Trajectories
ByJulie Rak

part |121 pages


chapter 16|7 pages

Another Story

ByJeanine Leane

chapter 17|8 pages

Reading Digital Lives Generously

ByLaurie McNeill, John David Zuern

chapter 18|9 pages

Reading the Life Narratives of Children and Youth

ByKate Douglas

chapter 19|12 pages

Negotiated Truths and Iterative Practice in Action

The Women in Conflict Expressive Life Writing Project
ByMeg Jensen, Siobhan Campbell

chapter 21|10 pages

An Epistemological Approach to Trans* Autobiography

BySarah Ray Rondot

chapter 22|7 pages

Genetics and Auto/Biography

ByPramod K. Nayar

chapter 23|7 pages

Doing Disability Autobiography

Introducing Reading Group Methodology as Feminist Disability Praxis
ByAlly Day

chapter 24|7 pages

Sanctioning Subjectivity

Navigating Low-Risk Human Ethics Approval
ByPhillip Kavanagh, Kate Douglas

chapter 25|7 pages

Girls' Auto/Biographical Media

The Importance of Audience Reception in Studying Undervalued Life Narrative
ByEmma Maguire

chapter 26|6 pages

Locating Diasporic Lives

Beyond Textual Boundaries
ByRicia A. Chansky

chapter 27|7 pages

The Diary as a Life Story

Working With Documents of Family and Migration
ByAnne Heimo

chapter 28|8 pages

Between Forced Confession and Ethnic Autobiography

ByY-Dang Troeung

chapter 29|8 pages

Autobiographical Research With Childern

ByMaria da Conceição Passeggi, Ecleide Cunico Furlanetto

chapter 30|8 pages

Ecocriticism and Life Narrative

ByAlfred Hornung

part |9 pages


chapter 31|7 pages

The Box in the Attic

Memoir, Methodology, and Family Archives
ByG. Thomas Couser