Bethany Ober Mannon recently completed her PhD in English and Women's Studies at Penn State University. She studies American women's writing of the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly life writing in print and online. Bethany's other interests include comics, literature and religion, and writing center studies.

Book Review: Truthful Fictions: Conversations with American Biographical Novelists edited by Michael Lackey

Lackey, a professor of 20th– and 21st–century American literature and culture at University of Minnesota-Morris, tracks the ascent of the biographical novel genre by studying the discussions of landmark texts that took place within the committee awarding the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Continue reading

White American Women in Paris and the Life of Literary Modernism

In the second post of SSAWW’s series, Bethany Mannon explores how three lesser known white American women writers (Janet Flanner, Sylvia Beach and Kay Boyle) go beyond the “‘expected’ subjects of women’s autobiography.” Continue reading