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Intimate Reading: The Contemporary Women's Memoir
An innovative study of the contemporary memoir, blending autobiography and literary analysis to illuminole the intellectual, cultural, and emotional dynamics of life writing Maintaining that the memoir requires a more personal relationship with its readers and critics, Janet Mason Ellerby calls for intimate readings. She begins this work with her own memoir, narrating a lo ...more
Hardcover, 234 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Syracuse University Press
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Aug 06, 2010 Theryn Fleming added it · review of another edition
Intimate Reading takes a feminist approach to memoir, focusing in particular memoirs of the confessional vein, with the author first revealing her own long-held secret. She examines the shift from a culture of secrecy to the current tell-all society, analyzes shame and its ramifications, discusses risks of revelation, examines narratives of sexuality, and explores trauma and struggles with psychiatric illness. Because of its focus on secrets, trauma, etc., most of the chapters are not particular ...more