Serial Memoir: Archiving American Lives

Serial Memoir: Archiving American Lives

by N. Stamant


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Serial Memoir chronicles the phenomenon of seriality in memoir, a transition in life writing toward repeated acts of self-representation in the later twentieth century. Such a shift demonstrates a new way to understand and represent constantly-shifting subjectivities and their ambivalent relationship to the concept and structure of the archive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137410320
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 06/25/2014
Edition description: 2014
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Nicole Stamant is Assistant Professor of English at Agnes Scott College, USA. Her articles on life writing and American literature have appeared or are forthcoming in ARIEL, MELUS, a/b: Auto/Biography, South Central Review, and The Hemingway Review.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Archiving American Lives in Serial Memoir 2. Serial Structures, The Archive, and Mary McCarthy's 'Perfect Execution of the Idea' 3. Alternate Archives: Maya Angelou's the Complete Autobiographies or the Seriality of a Life Mosaic 4. 'Too Meta to Live': The Materiality of Seriality From Art Spiegelman's 'Maus' to Meta Maus 5. Augusten Burroughs and Serial Culture 6. Conclusion: 'Veneration of the Trace': Archiving American Lives into the Twenty-First Century Notes Bibliography Index

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