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The Woman’s Angle: A Portuguese-American Way of Storying Life

Teresa F. A. Alves


Abstract. The autobiographical narratives by Laurinda C. Andrade (The Open Door, 1968) and Josephine B. Korth (Wind Chimes in My Apple Tree, 1978) not only bear the mark of their authors’ cultural affiliation but also of the autobiographers’ womanhood. This paper is intent on a brief comparison with the canonical American autobiographies by Mary Antin (The Promised Land, 1912) and Mary Austin (Earth Horizon, 1932) in order to evaluate the distinctive contributions of these two Portuguese American autobiographers, whose self-referential writings diversify and enrich the repertoire of the genre for their intrinsic human value and literary worth.


Autobiography, Mary Antin, Mary H. Austin, Laurinda C. Andrade, Josephine B. Korth

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