Definition of autopathography in English:


nounplural noun autopathographies

  • An autobiography dealing primarily with the influence of a physical or mental illness or disability on the author's life.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘The autopathography of Paul Schreber who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia was published in 1903.’
    • ‘It is an autopathography which focuses on the lessons learned primarily by the protagonist, his wife, children and family.’
    • ‘The genre of the illness narrative (pathography and autopathography) is flourishing these days.’
    • ‘But despite this book's being dismissed rather peevishly as "autopathography" by the New York Times, it is not self-indulgent.’
    • ‘Extending ‘pathography,’ the term coined by Joyce Carol Oates for reductive biographies, this is autopathography - by no means the same as confession.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her autopathography, ‘A Clean Breast of It,’ answers tough questions about cancer while transcending the standard ‘survivor story’.’



/ˌôdōpəˈTHäɡrəfē/ /ˌɔdoʊpəˈθɑɡrəfi/


Blend of autobiography and pathography.