Boom!

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)
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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 https://sites.google.com/ualberta.ca/julie-rak/home
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 https://sites.google.com/ualberta.ca/julie-rak/home
Table of Contents for Boom! Manufacturing Memoir for the Popular Market , by Julie Rak Gratitude Introduction: Identifying the Memoir Industry Chapter 1: aMore Books!a: Publishing, Non-fiction, and the Memoir Boom Chapter 2: Bookstores, Genre, and Everyday Practices Chapter 3: Going Public: Selected Memoirs Produced by Random House and HarperCollins Chapter 4: Exceptionally Public: Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis I: The Story of a Childhood and James Frey's A Million Little Pieces Conclusion: Citizen Selves and 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) While Rak addresses the process of meaning-making and politics throughout all her chapters, the reader is left with a profoundly political message after reading the conclusion, entitled "Citizen Selves and the State of the Memoir Boom", in which Rak leaves us to ponder how we, as readers and citizens, are woven in the social and political fabric of community life. While it is easy to see memoir as entertainment or intrigue (and, thus, to characterize consumers of memoir as merely interested in the personal) Rak's argument emphasizes that the boom in memoir is also a boom in "personal stories of all types that continue to explore-and upset-the balance between public and private, personal and political." -- Lucia Lorenzi -- Canadian Literature Rak brilliantly sheds light on a misunderstood genre and its aficionados in her recent book Boom! Manufacturing Memoir for the Popular Market .... A highly worthwhile read and a compelling analysis of memoir in the first decade of the 21st century. -- Rebecca G. Aguilar -- Book Kvetch
 
"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)
While Rak addresses the process of meaning-making and politics throughout all her chapters, the reader is left with a profoundly political message after reading the conclusion, entitled "Citizen Selves and the State of the Memoir Boom", in which Rak leaves us to ponder how we, as readers and citizens, are woven in the social and political fabric of community life. While it is easy to see memoir as entertainment or intrigue (and, thus, to characterize consumers of memoir as merely interested in the personal) Rak's argument emphasizes that the boom in memoir is also a boom in "personal stories of all types that continue to explore-and upset-the balance between public and private, personal and political." -- Lucia Lorenzi -- Canadian Literature
Rak brilliantly sheds light on a misunderstood genre and its aficionados in her recent book Boom! Manufacturing Memoir for the Popular Market .... A highly worthwhile read and a compelling analysis of memoir in the first decade of the 21st century. -- Rebecca G. Aguilar -- Book Kvetch

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