Definition of autopathography in English:



  • An autobiography dealing primarily with the influence of a disease, disability, or psychological disorder on the author's life.

    • ‘Her autopathography, ‘A Clean Breast of It,’ answers tough questions about cancer while transcending the standard ‘survivor story’.’
    • ‘The genre of the illness narrative (pathography and autopathography) is flourishing these days.’
    • ‘It is an autopathography which focuses on the lessons learned primarily by the protagonist, his wife, children and family.’
    • ‘Gay and straight, conventional and decadent, scientist and journalist, celebrity and commoner - the past decade has seen a flood of autopathography.’
    • ‘Her most recent publication was an autopathography appearing in the August 2004 edition of Redbook magazine.’
    • ‘Extending ‘pathography,’ the term coined by Joyce Carol Oates for reductive biographies, this is autopathography - by no means the same as confession.’
    • ‘The autopathography of Paul Schreber who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia was published in 1903.’
    • ‘But despite this book's being dismissed rather peevishly as "autopathography" by the New York Times, it is not self-indulgent.’
    • ‘By offering readings of a broad range of narratives within the parameters of autobiography and these four illnesses, this critical text functions well as an introduction to the study of contemporary autopathography.’


Blend of autobiography and pathography.