1st Edition

Mediating Memory
Tracing the Limits of Memoir





ISBN 9780367667429
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
354 Pages

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Book Description

The argument has been made that memoir reflects and augments the narcissistic tendencies of our neo-liberal age. Mediating Memory: Tracing the Limits of Memoir challenges and dismantles that assumption. Focusing on the history, theory and practice of memoir writing, editors Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles and Sue Joseph provide a thorough and cutting-edge examination of memoir through the lenses of ethics, practice and innovation. By investigating memoir across cultural boundaries, in its various guises, and tracing its limits, the editors convincingly demonstrate the plurality of ways in which memoir is helping us make sense of who we are, who we were and the influences that shape us along the way.

Table of Contents

Introduction



Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles and Sue Joseph





Section One: Craft



Chapter1. Memory’s fracture: Instability in the contemporary memoir



Marie O’Rourke



Chapter2. Teaching memoir in neoliberal times



Megan Brown



Chapter 3. The ghost in the memoir machine: Exploring the relationship between ghost-written memoir and biography



Matthew Ricketson



Chapter 4. Re-presenting madness in the form of a quadrilogue



Simon Clarke





Section Two: Boundaries



Chapter 5. The other-directed memoir: Victim impact statements and the aesthetics of change



Fiona Giles



Chapter 6. After he shot Arthur Calwell: Peter Kocan’s use of the second person



Tony Davis



Chapter 7. Memoir for your ears: the podcast life



Siobhan McHugh



Chapter 8. The "I" and the "Eye": Mediated perspective in the documemoir



Kathleen Waites





Section Three: Sites



Chapter 9. Eco-Memoir: Protecting, Restoring and Repairing Memory and Environment Jessica White



Chapter 10. "Stories": Social media and ephemeral narratives as memoir



Kylie Cardell, Kate Douglas and Emma Maguire



Chapter 11. Memoir 2.0: the writing of the self as brand



Georgiana Toma



Chapter 12. Travel Memoir and Australia: From Twain to Tracks and the Present Day



Ben Stubbs





Section Four: Bloodlines



Chapter 13. Holding the memories: death, success and the ethics of memoir



Bunty Avieson



Chapter 14. First-person narratives and feminism: tracing the maternal DNA



Kath Kenny



Chapter 15. To begin to know: resolving ethical tensions in David Leser’s patriographical work



Sue Joseph and Carolyn Rickett



Chapter 16. The epistolary thread as collaborative writing in grief memoir



Freya Latona





Section Five: Recuperation



Chapter 17. Happy, funny and humane: South African childhood narratives which challenge the "single story" of apartheid



Anthea Garman



Chapter 18. Redressing the silence: Racism, trauma and Aboriginal women’s life writing



Willa McDonald



Chapter 19. Lest we forget: mateship, masculinity, and Australian identity



Jack Bowers



Chapter 20. Bridges across broken time: Armenian "minor-memoirs" of the turn of the 21st century



Gülbin Kıranoğlu





Notes on Contributors



Index

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Editor(s)

Biography

Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles, Sue Joseph