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MemoirAn Introduction$
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G. Thomas Couser

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199826902

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199826902.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.3) Introduction
Source:
Memoir
Author(s):

G. Thomas Couser

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199826902.003.0001

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of how the “memoir” has eclipsed “autobiography” as the term of choice for a certain kind of life narrative. Moreover, memoir now rivals fiction in popularity and critical esteem and exceeds it in cultural currency. It then sets out the book's central premise, that memoir, though related closely to the novel, is fundamentally different from it. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   memoirs, autobiography, fiction, novel

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