Manufacturing Memoir for the Popular Market
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • erschienen am 24. April 2013
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 258 Seiten
978-1-55458-939-5 (ISBN)
From James Frey's A Million Little Pieces to memoirs about bartending, Iran, the liberation of Dachau, hacking, and the impact of 9/11, this book argues that the memoir boom is more than a publishing trend. It is becoming the way readers try to understand major events in terms of individual experiences.
  • Englisch
  • Waterloo, Ontario
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  • Kanada
b/w illus
  • Höhe: 228 mm
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  • Breite: 156 mm
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  • Dicke: 15 mm
  • 376 gr
978-1-55458-939-5 (9781554589395)
1554589398 (1554589398)
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Julie Rak is a professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She is the author of Negotiated Memory: Doukhobor Autobiographical Discourse (2004), the editor of Auto/biography in Canada (WLU Press, 2005), and co-editor, with Anna Poletti, of Identity Technologies: Producing Online Selves. Her website can be found at
Introduction: Identifying the Memoir Industry; "More Books!": Publishing, Non-fiction, & the Memoir Boom; Bookstores, Genre, & Everyday Practices; Going Public: Selected Memoirs Produced by Random House & HarperCollins; Exceptionally Public: Marjane Satrapis Persepolis I: The Story of a Childhood & James Freys A Million Little Pieces; Conclusion: Citizen Selves & the State of the Memoir Boom; Notes; References; Index.
"This is a smart and original work, the product of significant scholarship and energetic legwork. Julie Rak has looked beyond the texts that make up the memoir boom to the circumstances of their production, marketing, selling, and consumption. All students of the genre will benefit from her clear account of complex changes in the publishing and marketing of books. Her analysis greatly advances our understanding of the rise of the memoir and its important role in our cultural life." -- G. Thomas Couser, professor emeritus, Hoftstra University, author of 'Memoir: An Introduction' (2011) "Here is the first backstory of the memoir boom in America: who reads it, writes it, publishes it, and sells it, and why it is such a necessary part of the way we live now." -- Gillian Whitlock, author of 'Soft Weapons: Autobiography in Transit' (2007)

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