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Identity Technologies
Constructing the Self Online
Edited by Anna Poletti and Julie Rak

Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography
William L. Andrews, Series Editor

From Facebook to Twitter and beyond: How do we create identities in cyberspace?

Identity Technologies is a substantial contribution to the fields of autobiography studies, digital studies, and new media studies, exploring the many new modes of self-expression and self-fashioning that have arisen in conjunction with Web 2.0, social networking, and the increasing saturation of wireless communication devices in everyday life.

This volume explores the various ways that individuals construct their identities on the Internet and offers historical perspectives on ways that technologies intersect with identity creation. Bringing together scholarship about the construction of the self by new and established authors from the fields of digital media and auto/biography studies, Identity Technologies presents new case studies and fresh theoretical questions emphasizing the methodological challenges inherent in scholarly attempts to account for and analyze the rise of identity technologies. The collection also includes an interview with Lauren Berlant on her use of blogs as research and writing tools.

Anna Poletti (left) is a lecturer in literary studies at Monash University, where she is codirector of the Centre for the Book. She is the author of Intimate Ephemera: Reading Young Lives in Australia Zine Culture.

Julie Rak
is a professor of English and film studies at the University of Alberta in Canada. She is the author of Boom! Manufacturing Memoir for Popular Markets and Negotiated Memory: Doukhobor Autobiographical Discourse.


“This volume will appeal to anyone interested in autobiography, identity, media studies, or the intersections of online and offline experience.”
—T.E. Adams, Choice

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A: About three hours.


January 2014
LC: 2013011469 CT
300 pp.   6 x 9

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Identity Technologies rectifies a gap in autobiography studies by creating a comprehensive foundation from which we can theorize identity in the Web 2.0 world of the twenty-first century. It makes a substantial contribution to the field of digital media and communications while significantly impacting conceptualizations of text and definitions of narrative.”
—Ricia Anne Chansky, editor of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies

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