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Grief Memoirs
Cultural, Supportive, and Therapeutic Significance

  • Available for pre-order on June 14, 2023. Item will ship after July 5, 2023
ISBN 9780367623197
July 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Grief Memoirs bridges the gap between literary studies and psychology to provide an in-depth examination of contemporary grief memoirs, evaluating their literary, cultural, therapeutic, and educational functions and benefits for bereaved and non-bereaved individuals. This volume will present readers with definitions of the genre within existing literature and survey studies, and the genre’s characteristics, functions, and their implications for literary studies and psychology utilizing memoirists of discussed narratives, therapists, and the bereaved. This text also includes discussions on the compatibility of grief memoirs with current grief theories; writing and reading as self-expressive, self-searching, and grief witnessing acts assessed by the authors; and the therapeutic and educational value of grief memoirs. This book will be ideal in helping professionals and educators advance the understanding and interpretation of loss within literary, psychological, and medical humanities classrooms.

Table of Contents


1. The Grief Memoir: Meditations upon the Genre

2. Grief Witnessing in Research and Grief Memoirs

3. Grief Witnessing through Grief Memoirs: Survey

4. Bibliotherapy: Existing Research

5. Bibliotherapy in Practice: Survey and Beyond

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

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Katarzyna A. Malecka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of North American Literature and Culture at the University of Lodz, Poland. Dr. Malecka is the author of numerous publications on death and grief in literature. She has been awarded three international scholarships to conduct her research on loss and bereavement: the interdisciplinary research grant by the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna to study the bibliotherapeutic aspects of literature in work with grieving children; the Fulbright Senior Award Scholarship for her project on the use of modern bereavement memoirs in grief therapy; and the Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship to study the grief witnessing, bibliotherapeutic, and educational aspects of grief memoirs. She is currently working on her new project exploring the bibliotherapeutic application of grief narratives in the clinical setting and their use in education of future helping professionals.