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Memoir: An Introduction

G. Thomas Couser


Each year brings a glut of new memoirs, ranging from works by former teachers and celebrity has-beens to disillusioned soldiers and bestselling novelists. In addition to becoming bestsellers in their own right, memoirs have become a popular object of inquiry in the academy and a mainstay in most MFA workshops. Courses in what is now called life-writing study memoir alongside personal essays, diaries, and autobiographies. This book proffers a concise history of the genre (and its many subgenres) while taking readers through the various techniques, themes, and debates that have come to character ... More

Keywords: memoirs, biography, autobiography, films, documemoir, narratives, diaries, personal essays

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199826902
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199826902.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

G. Thomas Couser, author
Hofstra University, Professor of English