The primary focus of this thesis lies on life writing studies, which are discussed in the context of the works by the Jewish-Russian-American writer Kim Chernin. The thesis aims at discussing the currently occurring shift in literary, generic definitions of autobiographical texts by means of four of Chernins autobiographical books (In My Mothers House, In My Fathers Garden, The Obsession and The Hungry Self), in which this generic re-definition become visible. The closer formal analysis of the texts will explain and exemplify their categorization into the category of life writing. In addition, life writing, as a form of writing which deviates from strict generic borders and has fewer limitations regarding formal criteria of a text, offers to female writers new ways of exploring their identities as women, living in a patriarchal society on a literary level. Further, the thesis treats the socio-cultural issues which the writer and psychotherapist Chernin raises in her texts, such as mother-daughter-relationships, female identity crises and eating disorders. The content analysis of Chernins books explains how familial structures and conflicts relate to the in Western countries increasing development of eating disorders among women and why they struggle with their female bodies, with food and their identities. The book In My Mothers House, furthermore, tells the story of Kim Chernin and her mother, who after years of conflicts and misunderstandings, find a way to solve their problems together on a literary level. Treating taboos of Western societies, working through and reconciling with her own past, Chernin creates an individual form of writing, in which she explores and defines her identity on a new way. Her independent style of writing constitutes an innovative form of female literary self-expression, which ranks Kim Chernin under the most influential feminist writers of the last four decades.