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American autobiography after 9/11

Megan Brown (Professor of English), author.


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  • Title:
    American autobiography after 9/11
  • Author: Megan Brown (Professor of English), author.
  • Description: Introduction: "we have known who the falling man is all along" -- Keeping It Real, or, "Fraud" Memoirs and Representations of Ethnic Authenticity -- Learning to Live Again: Contemporary U.S. Memoir as Biopolitical Self-Care Guide -- Memoirs of Empire -- Babies, Blow Jobs, and Bombs: The Bromoir and/as Anxiety -- Selling Subjectivity: Business Memoirs as Biopolitical Management -- The Memoir as Provocation: A Case for "Me Studies" in Undergraduate Classes.
    In the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, American memoirists have wrestled with a wide range of anxieties in their books. They cope with financial crises, encounter difference, or confront norms of identity. Megan Brown contends that such best sellers as Cheryl Strayed's Wild, Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love, and Tucker Max's I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell teach readers how to navigate a confusing, changing world. This lively and theoretically grounded book analyzes twenty-first-century memoirs from Three Cups of Tea to Fun Home, emphasizing the ways in which they reinforce and circulate ideologies, becoming guides or models for living. Brown expands her inquiry beyond books to the autobiographical narratives in reality television and political speeches. She offers a persuasive explanation for the memoir boom: the genre as a response to an era of uncertainty and struggle.
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Publisher: Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press
  • Format: 1 online resource (173 pages).
  • Identifier: ISBN 9780299310332;ISBN 9780299310301
  • Subjects: Autobiography; American prose literature -- History and criticism -- 21st century; Authors, American -- Biography -- History and criticism; Biography as a literary form; Electronic books
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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