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Author Brown, Megan (Professor of English),
Title American autobiography after 9/11 / Megan Brown.
Imprint Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press, [2017]

Series Wisconsin studies in autobiography
Wisconsin studies in autobiography.
Subject Autobiography.
American prose literature -- History and criticism -- 21st century.
Authors, American -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Biography as a literary form.
Description 1 online resource (x, 155 pages) : illustration.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 137-144) and index.
Summary 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.
Contents Introduction -- Keeping it real: "fraud" memoirs and representations of ethnic authenticity -- Learning to live again: contemporary U.S. memoir as biopolitical self-care guide -- Memoirs of empire: encountering difference in the global marketplace -- 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 -- Afterword.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (ProQuest Ebook Central, viewed September 12, 2017).
ISBN 9780299310332 (electronic bk.)
0299310337 (electronic bk.)
9780299310301 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0299310302 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 967342795
Additional Format Print version: Brown, Megan (Professor of English). American autobiography after 9/11. Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press, [2017] 9780299310301 (DLC) 2016014712 (OCoLC)946277396