Julia Watson


My current projects include a collaborative book on autobiographical hoaxes, an essay on canons in Fun Home (Life Writing, 2012), and an essay on autobiography and genealogy. Other research interests include feminist theory and women's writing, postcolonial writing, and automediality.

2015-16 Activities:

Recent Publications:

“Ousmane Sembene: A Memorial Tribute.” In Research in African Literatures, 38: 4 (Winter 2007), 4-6. Reprinted in Ousmane Sembene: Writer, Filmmaker, and Revolutionary Artist, Ed. Ernest Cole and Cherif Diop. Africa World Press, Inc., 2015, 440-1.

“Getting or Losing a Life? Privacy and Online Self-Presentation.” With Sidonie Smith. In Cultures of Privacy, ed. Fitz, Karsten and Bärbel Harju. #19, Publications of the Bavarian American Academy series. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2015.

“‘Our Selves Were All We Had:’ Parsing the Autobiographical in Fun Home.” In Approaches to Teaching Fun Home, ed. Judith Kegan Gardiner, Modern Languages Association, forthcoming 2016.

Autobiographical Inquiries. (Reprint of selected co-authored essays.) With Sidonie Smith. Maize Books, University of Michigan Press, forthcoming 2016.

"Parsua Bashi’s Nylon Road and the Political Aesthetics of Graphic Memoir in Iran.” Lifewriting Annual, 2015. Special issue on “Lifewriting and Islam,” forthcoming Fall 2016.

Invited Lectures:

“How to Read Autobiographical Narration,” Forum für Literaturwissenschaftliche Japanforschung, Free University, Berlin, Feb. 27, 2016.

“Miriam Katin’s Autographics and Jewish Women’s Life Writing,” Zentrum für Jüdische Studien, Berlin, Feb. 23, 2016.

"Self-Presentation and “Authenticity" in American Life Writing,” Annual Meeting of the Historians in the German Association of American Studies, Tutzing, Germany, Feb. 5, 2016.

“Art Practices, Digital Platforms, Autobiographical Provocations,” with Sidonie Smith. “Ego Media International Network Workshop,” King’s College, London, 14 Sept., 2015.

“Drawn Reading: The Materiality of Literary and Artistic Influence in American Women’s Graphic Memoirs,” with Sidonie Smith. "She Reads to Write Herself,” Paris Ouest FAAAM Colloquium, Sept. 19, 2015.

Conference Paper:

“Graphic Memoirs of Rape in Wartime: Telling New Stories of Surviving Violence,” “Responsibility, Morality, and the Costs of War,” Dept. of Theatre, The Ohio State University, November 14, 2015.

Editorial and Advisory Boards

2015    Advisory Board, Palgrave-St. Martin’s book series: Studies in Life Writing

2015    Editorial Board, Palgrave-St. Martin’s book series: Literary Anthropology

2012--  Advisory Board, Handbook of Autobiography/Autofiction (3 vols.), ed. Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf, Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 2016--.

2005--  Women’s Studies Quarterly, Advisory Board

1998-- A/B: Auto/Biography Studies