A study of memoirs as a genre

With my youngest son (summer 2015)This project falls into two parts:

1) a study of the memoir as a genre, in which I reflect on different analytical approaches to and methods for the study of academic autobiography and memoirs — see overview to the right.

2) a more practical part, where I experiment with different ways of representing my life in texts and images → accounts of my life.

My theoretical and methodological approach is in perpetual flux. I’m changing, adding and deleting pages as the project proceeds. Thus read these pages as a public online draft to a coming book on the poetics of scientific memoir writing.

(And why do I call it a ‘project’? See discussion of the terms ‘project’, ‘investigation’, ‘study’ etc.) here: → why ‘project’?

Overview

summary
project history
aims
theoretical approaches
        → the memoir concept
        → life and work
        → narrativity – or not
        → memory
        → nostalgia
        → graceful ageing
        → care of self
        → political resistance
materials
methods
        → autoethnography
        → ethical considerations
        → memories
outreach
interest and bias