The Ethics of Life Writing

How can life writing do good, and how can it cause harm? The eleven essays here explore such questions.

Author: Paul John Eakin

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ISBN: UOM:39015061768829

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Our lives are increasingly on display in public, but the ethical issues involved in presenting such revelations remain largely unexamined. How can life writing do good, and how can it cause harm? The eleven essays here explore such questions.

The Ethics of Life Writing

It is often this very tension between good and harm , moreover , that provokes life writers to reflect about the ethics of their practice . The activist spirit that animates Wexler's approach to the identity . damaging stigma of ...

Author: Paul John Eakin

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801488338

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 271

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Our lives are increasingly on display in public, but the ethical issues involved in presenting such revelations remain largely unexamined. How can life writing do good, and how can it cause harm? The eleven essays here explore such questions.

Vulnerable Subjects

G. Thomas Couser addresses complex contemporary issues; he investigates the role of disability in narratives of euthanasia and explores the implications of the Human Genome Project for life-writing practices in any age when many regard DNA ...

Author: G. Thomas Couser

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501723551

Category: Literary Criticism

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"My primary concern is with the ethics of representing vulnerable subjects—persons who are liable to exposure by someone with whom they are involved in an intimate or trust-based relationship, unable to represent themselves in writing, or unable to offer meaningful consent to their representation by someone else.... Of primary importance is intimate life writing—that done within families or couples, close relationships, or quasi-professional relationships that involve trust—rather than conventional biography, which can be written by a stranger. The closer the relationship between writer and subject, the greater the vulnerability or dependency of the subject, the higher the ethical stakes, and the more urgent the need for ethical scrutiny."—from the Preface Vulnerable Subjects explores a range of life-writing scenarios-from the "celebrity" to the "ethnographic"—and a number of life-writing genres from parental memoir to literary case studies by Oliver Sacks. G. Thomas Couser addresses complex contemporary issues; he investigates the role of disability in narratives of euthanasia and explores the implications of the Human Genome Project for life-writing practices in any age when many regard DNA as a code that "scripts" lives and shapes identity. Throughout, his book is concerned with the ethical implications of the political and economic, as well as the mimetic, aspects of life writing.

Writing Life Writing

Why do we endlessly tell the stories of our lives? And why do others pay attention when we do? The essays collected here address these questions, focusing on three different but interrelated dimensions of life writing.

Author: Paul John Eakin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000088106

Category: Literary Criticism

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Why do we endlessly tell the stories of our lives? And why do others pay attention when we do? The essays collected here address these questions, focusing on three different but interrelated dimensions of life writing. The first section, "Narrative," argues that narrative is not only a literary form but also a social and cultural practice, and finally a mode of cognition and an expression of our most basic physiology. The next section, "Life Writing: Historical Forms," makes the case for the historical value of the subjectivity recorded in ego-documents. The essays in the final section, "Autobiography Now," identify primary motives for engaging in self-narration in an age characterized by digital media and quantum cosmology.

The Work of Life Writing

Obviously, in doing so, I have been writing about a vulnerable subject. Doing so, I see the ethics of this from a new perspective. The end of my father's life involved some very messy scenes. There is no question that he would not want ...

Author: G. Thomas Couser

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000367379

Category: Literary Criticism

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Life writing, in its various forms, does work that other forms of expression do not; it bears on the world in a way distinct from imaginative genres like fiction, drama, and poetry; it acts in and on history in significant ways. Memoirs of illness and disability often seek to depathologize the conditions that they recount. Memoirs of parents by their children extend or alter relations forged initially face to face in the home. At a time when memoir and other forms of life writing are being produced and consumed in unprecedented numbers, this book reminds readers that memoir is not mainly a "literary" genre or mere entertainment. Similarly, letters are not merely epiphenomena of our "real lives." Correspondence does not just serve to communicate; it enacts and sustains human relationships. Memoir matters, and there’s life in letters. All life writing arises of our daily lives and has distinctive impacts on them and the culture in which we live.

Life Writing

Life. Writing. that. defines. an. Age. PREFACE Churchill, Winston, The Second World War, 6 vols (London: Cassell, 1948-54) Kundera, Milan, The Art of the Novel, trans. By Linda Asher (London: Faber and Faber, 1988) Woodward, ...

Author: Meg Jensen

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443808606

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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In our age, self-publishing, self-broadcasting, and telling stories about our own lives and the lives of others are all-pervasive. This is also the age of the witness, the age of testimony in which first-hand accounts, personal experience, life change and evolution are valued, for good or ill, over distanced reflection. What are we to make of all this telling of lives? The essays collected in Life Writing: The Spirit of the Age and the State of the Art from writers and academics associated with the Centre for Life Narrative Studies at Kingston University in London, begin to address this very question, and in doing so demonstrate the fluidity and diversity of life writing itself. The remit of the Centre for Life Narratives is to rise to the challenge poised to writers, teachers and researchers alike by this very fluidity and diversity in our discipline and is exemplified here with contributions from academics, curators, editors and biographers, including Neal Ascherson,Victoria Glendinning, Professor Kathryn Hughes, Hanif Kureishi, Blake Morrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. This collection of essays from CLN offers the reader our founding contribution to the debates that surround this era-defining genre and as such presents both the state of the art and the spirit of our age.

Career Construction Theory and Life Writing

“The Psychology of Life Construction.” Journal of Vocational Behavior 75: 259–266. Eakin, Paul John. 2004. “Introduction: Mapping the Ethics of Life Writing.” In The Ethics of Life Writing, edited by Paul John Eakin, 1–18.

Author: Hywel Dix

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000197105

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 146

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This volume applies the insight and methods of career construction theory to explore how autobiographical writing is used in different professional careers, from fiction and journalism to education and medicine. It draws attention to the fact that a career is a particular kind of artefact with distinctive properties and features that can be analysed and compared, and puts forward a new theory of the relationship between narrative methodology and the vocation of writing. Career construction theory emerged in the late twentieth century, when changes to the patterns of our working lives caused large numbers of people to seek new forms of vocational guidance to navigate those changes. It employs a narrative paradigm in which periods of uncertainty are treated as experiences akin to ‘writer’s block’, experiences which can be overcome first by imagining new character arcs, then by narrating them and finally by performing them. By encouraging clients to see their careers as stories of which they are both the metaphorical authors and the main protagonists, career construction counsellors enable them to envisage the next chapter in those stories. But despite the authorial metaphor, career construction theory has not been widely applied to analysis of professional careers in writing. The chapters in this volume remedy that gap and in various ways apply the insights of career construction theory to analyse the relationship between writing and professional life in diverse careers where writing is used. The chapters in this book were originally published in the journal Life Writing.

Intermediality Life Writing and American Studies

“Introduction: Mapping the Ethics of Life Writing”. In: Paul John Eakin (ed.). The Ethics of Life Writing. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. 1–16. Edwards, Natalie, Amy L. Hubbell, and Ann Miller. 2011. Textual and Visual Selves: ...

Author: Nassim Winnie Balestrini

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110579253

Category: Literary Criticism

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This collection of essays gathers innovative and compelling research on intermedial forms of life writing by an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars. Among their subjects of scrutiny are biographies, memoirs, graphic novels, performances, paratheatricals, musicals, silent films, movies, documentary films, and social media. The volume covers a time frame ranging from the nineteenth century to the immediate present. In addition to a shared focus on theories of intermediality and life writing, the authors apply to their subjects both firmly established and cutting-edge theoretical approaches from Cultural Narratology, Cultural History, Biographical Studies, Social Media Studies, Performance Studies, and Visual Culture Studies. The collection also features interviews with practitioners in biography who have produced monographs, films, and novels.

The Unsociable Sociability of Women s Lifewriting

The Epistle of the Prison of Human Life, with An Epistle to the Queen of France, and Lament on the Evils of Civil War (New York and London: ... Eakin, Paul John (2004) The Ethics of Life Writing (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press).

Author: A. Collett

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230294868

Category: Fiction

Page: 228

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By investigating women lifewriters' complex quest to distinguish themselves both within and from institutions and communities, this volume uses Kant's concept of unsociable sociability to formulate a divided sense of self at the heart of women's lifewriting, offering a provocative response to the notion of the relational female subject.

Korean and Korean American Life Writing in Hawai i

Hinchey's multi-faceted voyage as a local Korean also raises issues that John Eakin explores in The Ethics of Life Writing (2004). For Eakin, representing others calls for moral scrutiny, “the deep subject ...

Author: Heui-Yung Park

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498507684

Category: Literary Criticism

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Korean and Korean American Life Writing in Hawai'i looks at self-representing genres such as lyric poems, oral history, autobiography, and memoirs written by Korean and Korean Americans from the early twentieth century to the present in order to explore how these people have shaped their individual or collective identities. This study has three main areas of emphasis: Hawai’i, Korean language and culture, and life writing, and with these three areas, this book explores the continuities and discontinuities of diasporic identity formation.

Disability and Life Writing in Post Independence Ireland

Unlike many autobiographers, Gray never refers to the act of writing the book we are reading. She is a motivational speaker who has ... Thomas Couser's Vulnerable Subjects: Ethics and Life Writing (2004) offers a helpful 118 E. GRUBGELD.

Author: Elizabeth Grubgeld

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030372460

Category: Literary Criticism

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This book is the first to examine life writing and disability in the context of Irish culture. It will be valuable to readers interested in Disability Studies, Irish Studies, autobiography and life writing, working-class literature, popular culture, and new media. Ranging from Sean O’Casey’s 1939 childhood memoir to contemporary blogging practices, Disability and Life Writing in Post-Independence Ireland analyzes a century of autobiographical writing about the social, psychological, economic, and physical dimensions of living with disabilities. The book examines memoirs of sight loss with reference to class and labor conditions, the harrowing stories of residential institutions and the advent of the independent living movement, and the autobiographical fiction of such acknowledged literary figures as Christy Brown and playwright Stewart Parker. Extending the discussion to the contemporary moment, popular genres such as the sports and celebrity autobiography are explored, as well as such newer phenomena as blogging and self-referential performance art.

Joining the Dialogue Practices for Ethical Research Writing

The Dialogic Form Example 3: Humanities (Field of Study: Ethics of Autobiography) Researchers say Much recent attention to the topic of ethics and life writing has centred on a series of issues such as privacy and misrepresentation.

Author: Bettina Stumm

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781770487598

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 360

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Joining the Dialogue offers an exciting new approach for teaching academic research writing to introductory students by drawing on communication ethics. Holding to the current view that academic writing means situating ourselves in a research community and learning how to join the research conversations going on around us, Joining the Dialogue proposes that how we engage in dialogue with other researchers in our community matters. We not only read, acknowledge, and build on the research of others as we compose our work; we also engage openly, attentively, critically, and responsively to their ideas as we articulate our own. With this in mind, Joining the Dialogue is geared to helping students discover the key ethical practices of dialogue—receptivity and response-ability—as they join a research conversation. It also helps students master the dialogic structure of research essays as they write in and for their academic communities. Combining an ethical approach with accessible prose, dialogic structures and templates, practical exercises, and ample illustrations from across the disciplines, Joining the Dialogue teaches students not only how to write research essays but also how to write those essays ethically as a dialogue with other researchers and readers.

The Self in Moral Space

Renegotiating Ethics broke new ground in including essays by Paul John Eakin, Richard Freadman, and John Wiltshire on ethics and nonfictional narrative, particularly life narrative. In Eakin's essay, the ethics of life writing became a ...

Author: David Parker

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501732287

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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All of us take our moral bearings from a conception of the good, or a range of goods, that we consider most important. We are in this sense selves in moral space. Building on the work of the philosopher Charles Taylor, among others, David Parker examines a range of classic and contemporary autobiographies—including those of St. Augustine, William Wordsworth, Friedrich Nietzsche, Edmund Gosse, Roland Barthes, Seamus Heaney, and J. M. Coetzee—to reveal a whole domain of life narrative that has been previously ignored, one that enables a new approach to the question of what constitutes a "good" life narrative. Moving from an ethics toward an aesthetics of life writing, Parker follows Wittgenstein's view that ethics and aesthetics are one. The Self in Moral Space is distinctive in that its key ethical question is not What is it right for the life writer to do? but the broader question What is it good to be? This question opens up an important debate with the dominant postmodern paradigms that prevail in life writing studies today. In Parker's estimation, such paradigms are incapable of explaining why life writing matters in the contemporary context. Life narrative, he argues, faces readers with the perennial ethical question How should a human being live? We need a new reconstructive paradigm, as offered by this book, in order to gain a fuller understanding of life narrative and its humanistic potential.

How Our Lives Become Stories

After showing how the experience of living in one's body shapes one's identity, he explores relational and narrative modes of being, emphasizing social sources of identity, and demonstrating that the self and the story of the self are ...

Author: Paul John Eakin

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501711831

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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The popularity of such books as Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes, Mary Karr's The Liars' Club, and Kathryn Harrison's controversial The Kiss, has led columnists to call ours "the age of memoir." And while some critics have derided the explosion of memoir as exhibitionistic and self-aggrandizing, literary theorists are now beginning to look seriously at this profusion of autobiographical literature. Informed by literary, scientific, and experiential concerns, How Our Lives Become Stories enhances knowledge of the complex forces that shape identity, and confronts the equally complex problems that arise when we write about who we think we are. Using life writings as examples—including works by Christa Wolf, Art Spiegelman, Oliver Sacks, Henry Louis Gates, Melanie Thernstrom, and Philip Roth—Paul John Eakin draws on the latest research in neurology, cognitive science, memory studies, developmental psychology, and related fields to rethink the very nature of self-representation. After showing how the experience of living in one's body shapes one's identity, he explores relational and narrative modes of being, emphasizing social sources of identity, and demonstrating that the self and the story of the self are constantly evolving in relation to others. Eakin concludes by engaging the ethical issues raised by the conflict between the authorial impulse to life writing and a traditional, privacy-based ethics that such writings often violate.

Life Writing Outside the Lines

With these two essays, Kadar created what should be a touchstone for everyone working in the field of life writing today, one that is as intimately concerned with the ethics of reading as much as it is with writing by ordinary people, ...

Author: Eva C. Karpinski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000030204

Category: Literary Criticism

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Designed as a contribution to the field of transnational comparative American studies, this book focuses on gender in life writing that exceeds the boundaries of traditional genres. The contributors engage with authors who bend genres to speak gender as it manifests in multiple shapes in different geographic locations across the Americas, and especially as it intersects with race and migration, war and colonialism, illness and ageing. In addition to supplying new insights into the established sites of auto/biographical production such as memoir, archive, and oral history, the book explores experimental mixed forms such as selfies, auto-theory, auto/bio comics, and autobiogeography. By combining this multi-genre and multi-media perspective with a multi-generational approach to life writing, the book showcases a spectrum of established and emerging critical voices, many of whom have been influenced by the work of Marlene Kadar, the Canadian life writing scholar whose interventions have expanded the feminist and interdisciplinary methods of life writing studies. Tracing the intergenerational relay of ideas, this collection fosters dialogue across the western hemisphere, and will be useful to those studying life writing exchanges between North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean. This book was originally published as a special issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies.

Metis Pioneers

Arthur W. Frank, “Moral Non-Fiction: Life Writing and Children's Disability,” in The Ethics of Life Writing, ed. Paul John Eakin (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004), 174. Marianne Gullestad, “Tales of Consent and Descent: Life ...

Author: Doris Jeanne MacKinnon

Publisher: University of Alberta

ISBN: 9781772122718

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Two remarkable Metis women's lives during the prairie west's transition from the fur trade.

The Work of Life Writing

"Life writing, in its various forms, does work that other forms of expression do not; it bears on the world in a way distinct from imaginative genres like fiction, drama, and poetry; it acts in and on history in significant ways.

Author: G. Thomas Couser

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1003107842

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 194

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"Life writing, in its various forms, does work that other forms of expression do not; it bears on the world in a way distinct from imaginative genres like fiction, drama, and poetry; it acts in and on history in significant ways. Memoirs of illness and disability often seek to depathologize the conditions that they recount. Memoirs of parents by their children extend or alter relations forged initially face to face in the home. At a time when memoir and other forms of life writing are being produced and consumed in unprecedented numbers, I remind readers that memoir is not mainly a "literary" genre or mere entertainment. Similarly, letters are not merely epiphenomena of our "real lives." Correspondence does not just serve to communicate; it enacts and sustains human relationships. Memoir matters, and there's life in letters. All life writing arises of our daily lives and has distinctive impacts on them and the culture in which we live"--

Life Writing and Literary M tissage as an Ethos for Our Times

that we all need to be open and to take risks in our writing . But we also know that when we invite people to ... We continue to ask many questions including : What are the ethics of writing our life stories ? When is silence ethical ?

Author: Erika Hasebe-Ludt

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 1433103060

Category: Education

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This book introduces literary métissage as a way to research, teach, and live ethically «with all our relations» in our precarious times. The authors theorize and perform literary métissage through the praxis of life writing, braiding their autobiographical texts, in various (mixed) genres, into seven themes. Life Writing and Literary Métissage as an Ethos for Our Times explores this writing praxis, with its more inclusive and generative notions of knowledge and knowledge practices, as a tool for creating more just societies and schools.

Erz hltes Selbst The Narrated Self

Both fiction and life writing can be a significant resource for moral reflection. The appeal to fictional literature and personal experience in moral deliberation involve a narrative approach to moral understanding.

Author: Jochen Schmidt

Publisher: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt

ISBN: 9783374061181

Category: Religion

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Dieser Band versammelt Beiträge zum weiten Gebiet der narrativen Ethik mit einem Schwerpunkt auf erzählender Literatur und Prozessen der Selbsterzählung. Am Anfang stehen Beiträge zum Stand der Forschung zur narrativen Ethik aus theologischer Perspektive und zur Frage nach dem theologischen Zugriff auf literarische Texte sowie der Situierung narrativer Ethik im interkulturellen Kontext. Ein zweiter Teil legt den Fokus auf Aushandlungen von Identität in autobiographischen Texten. Exemplarisch werden Quellen aus der Antike, der Zeit um 1800 und dem 20. Jahrhundert ausgewertet. Abschließend widmen sich Beiträge der Bedeutung von Selbsterzählung im Zusammenhang von seelischem Leiden und Suchtkrankheit. [The Narrated Self. Narrative Ethics from the Perspectives of Theology and Literary Studies] The contributions to this collection belong to the vast field of narrative ethics, with a focus on narrative literature and the processes of self-narration. The first section looks at the current scholarly field of narrative ethics in theology and at theological approaches to literary texts. The focus of the second section of the collection is on the negotiations of identity in autobiographical texts. There is a particular emphasis on exemplary sources from antiquity and from the time of the 19th and 20th centuries. The last two chapters of the collection inquire into the meaning of self-narration in the realm of mental suffering and addictive illness.