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Women Activists and Civil Rights Leaders in Auto/Biographical Literature and Films

  • Delphine Letort
  • Benaouda Lebdai

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Delphine Letort, Benaouda Lebdai
    Pages 1-9
  3. The Lives of Women Activists

  4. Black History in Auto/biographical Texts

  5. Biographical Films and History

  6. Postface

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Nathalie Prince
      Pages 223-226
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 227-231

About this book


This collective book offers new insight on the genres of biography and autobiography by examining the singular path of those deemed to be ‘outsiders’, such as Winnie Mandela, Ida B. Wells, Malcolm X and Harvey Milk. Its specific focus on these female leaders and civil rights activists, who refused to be constrained by gender, race and class, shifts attention away from the great men of history and places it solely on those who have transformed their personal lives into a fight for collective goals. With an interdisciplinary approach that looks at literature, cinema and cultural studies, Women Activists and Civil Rights Leaders in Auto/Biographical Literature and Cinema argues that life writing is a key source of artistic creativity and activism which enables us to take a fresh look at history. 


autobiography biography slavery civil rights feminist race Malcolm X cinema Egypt gender

Editors and affiliations

  • Delphine Letort
    • 1
  • Benaouda Lebdai
    • 2
  1. 1.Le Mans UniversityLe MansFrance
  2. 2.Le Mans UniversityLe MansFrance

About the editors

Delphine Letort is a Professor in American Studies at Le Mans University, France.

Benaouda Lebdai is an Emeritus Professor in Colonial and Postcolonial literatures at Le Mans University, France.

Bibliographic information


“This book shows, on the basis of a number of striking women, that history and its perception is a construction that can still be cultivated. The authors of this volume demonstrate that the history of women is not automatically 'women's history', but an inextricable and often misunderstood part of our history.”  (Hans Renders, University of Groningen, The Netherlands)