American Literature Readings in the 21st Century
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Contemporary American Memoirs in Action

How to Do Things with Memoir

Authors: Danielewicz, Jane

  • Provides case studies on memoir as social action
  • Highlights memoir’s impact on the public sphere as opposed to other forms of life writing
  • Utilizes genre theory to examine form and agency
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About this book

This book analyzes a collection of literary memoirs to demonstrate how this genre is an avenue for participation in public life.  Writers are repurposing the memoir, a genre known for its personal and expressive function, to engage in debate and serve political goals.  The chapters provide case studies for memoir as social action that effects change by looking at the writing of Joan Didion, John Edgar Wideman, James McBride, M. Elaine Mar, Janisse Ray, Lucy Grealy, and Ann Patchett. Drawing on theories of genre and agency, Danielewicz asserts how these writers are acting pragmatically. Memoirs contribute to democratic society by offering solutions, creating new knowledge, revealing social trends, bringing issues to light, creating empathy and connection, and changing public opinion. 


About the authors

Jane Danielewicz is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA. Her articles and book chapters represent her interest in both literary and rhetorical studies; she has published in journals such as Life Writing as well as College Composition and Communication. She was named the Richard Grant Hiskey Distinguished Professor of Research and Undergraduate Teaching and has twice received the Max Chapman Faculty Fellowship from the Institute for the Arts & Humanities at UNC.  She has won numerous awards for teaching undergraduate and graduate students.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-20

    Danielewicz, Jane

  • Reflecting

    Pages 21-37

    Danielewicz, Jane

  • Voicing

    Pages 39-57

    Danielewicz, Jane

  • Reckoning

    Pages 59-76

    Danielewicz, Jane

  • Advocating

    Pages 77-96

    Danielewicz, Jane

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contemporary American Memoirs in Action
Book Subtitle
How to Do Things with Memoir
Authors
Series Title
American Literature Readings in the 21st Century
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69602-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69602-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69601-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88810-1
Series ISSN
2634-579X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 135
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