Writing the Radical Memoir: A Theoretical and Craft-Based Approach (Paperback)

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Writing the Radical Memoir: A Theoretical and Craft-Based Approach (Paperback)

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For those that have mastered the basics of memoir and wish to probe this brand of creative nonfiction further, Writing the Radical Memoir uses salient theories about memory and the self to challenge assumptions about how we remember and tell the truth of our lives when we write about it. Innovative in approach and making new critical ideas accessible, each chapter maps out the key principles of such writers as Barthes, Lacan, Derrida, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Philippe Le Jeune and Joseph Campbell, invokes literary examples to show how other writers have mastered the idea before reflecting on how you can practically apply the theory to your writing. With original exercises and prompts for further reading that bridge the gap between the theoretical and how it might be put into practice, the book is attentive to the multiple facets of the genre of nonfiction writing generally, covering such topics as:

- The writer/ reader contract
- How to embark on a thematic/ symbolic exploration of themes and incidents in your life
- How neuro-scientific theory can inform our understanding of memory and recall and what happens to our memories when we remember them
- Character development and the ethics of writing about real people
- How constructing your identity in memoir offers a chance to push back against traditional structures
- That memoir might not be preservation of your past but a process of self-erasure
- How J. M. Coetzee's Autrebiography trilogy challenges traditional biography

By bringing together lived experience, post-structuralist and postmodernist theories, praxis and artistic vision as a unique approach to writing memoir, this book encourages you to think the self, how it is portrayed, created, erased and made strange through the process of writing and remembering.
Paul Williams is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Deputy Head of Research in the School of Business and Creative Industries at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. He has published prize-winning fiction, young adult novels, memoir, non-fiction and short stories, a series of crime novels, and textbooks on creative writing including Novel Ideas: Writing Innovative Fiction (2019) and Playing with Words: An Introduction to Creative Writing Craft (2016), co-authored with Shelley Davidow. www.paulwilliamsauthor.comShelley Davidow is an international author of 46 books and Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Recent titles include the memoirs Runaways (2022), Shadow Sisters (2018), Whisperings in the Blood (2016), and the creative writing textbook Playing with Words: An Introduction to Creative Writing Craft co-authored with Paul Williams. www.shelleydavidow.com; https: //www.facebook.com/ShelleyDavidow; twitter: @shelleydavidow
Product Details ISBN: 9781350272217
ISBN-10: 1350272213
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: May 18th, 2023
Pages: 184
Language: English