Posts under tag: Autobiography Studies
Translated by Gordon Sayre.
Jean-François Benjamin Dumont de Montigny (1696-1760) was the youngest son of a Paris magistrate, who was given a commission as a lieutenant in the French colonial military, and spent eighteen years in Louisiana. He witnessed the founding of New Orleans, battles with the Chickasaw and Natchez Indians, and finally established himself as a farmer. His manuscript memoir, held at the Newberry Library in Chicago, was published in French in 2008 and here in English translation for the first time. A picaresque narrative of danger and misadventure, it is among the most powerful autobiographies of colonial America.
Author: David Vázquez
David Vázquez’s book Triangulations: Narrative Strategies for Navigating Latino Identity, published by the University of Minnesota Press, reveals how Latino autobiographical texts challenge mainstream notions of individual identity and national belonging in the United States.