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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


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


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Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles, Sue Joseph