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Frank Gado
Union College, Schenectady (Schenectady, NY 12308-3256)

Conventions of the Autobiographical Mode

- To investigate autobiography as a genre subject to intrinsic formal constrictions and to extrinsic conventions influenced by fictional models and the Geist of the period producing the autobiography. Autobiography will be viewed as a "fiction" so the Formalist and Structuralist critical theories will be studied. Readings will deal with (1) autobiographical writing by early Americans concerned with the quality of an American identity, and (2) 19th and 20th Century immigrants to America. The study of autobiography is devoted to the most immediate of materials—the meaning of one's own life.

Project fields:
American Literature

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$13,781 (approved)
$13,781 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1975 – 8/31/1976