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date: 28 October 2020

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Under the broad rubric of life writing studies, the work of autobiography and biography in Canada should be considered more widely than it has in the past, bringing into view a range of works, including diaries, letters, travel accounts, graphic memoirs and biography, oral histories, prison narratives, online writing such as blogs, and even personal films or television documentaries. This chapter examines the development of a critical approach to life writing, biography, and memoir in Canada in French and English, with a view to understanding what “life writing” is, what some of the issues connected to the production and study of this kind of writing are about, and what directions the study of Canadian “auto/biography” has taken since the 1980s, when critical study of the area began.

Keywords: autobiography, biography, life writing, Canada, diary, letter, documentary

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