1st Edition

Mediating Memory Tracing the Limits of Memoir

Edited By Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles, Sue Joseph Copyright 2018
    354 Pages
    by Routledge

    354 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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



    Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles, Sue Joseph