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The power of the literary image: mediating memory and managing emotion in the literary memoirs of Virginia Woolf and Helen Garner
thesisposted on 2022-03-28, 18:13 authored by Merril Ann Howie
Despite wide scholarly consensus regarding our long-standing penchant for autobiographical literature, further critical work is needed to more clearly apprehend and articulate the interplay between particular narrative techniques and cognitive processes that combine to invite such enthusiastic readerly engagements with life writing texts. My Master of Research project - focusing specifically on the literary memoir - aims to identify and explicate a number of potent contributing factors that drive and motivate our ongoing readerly predilection for skillfully written autobiographical narratives. This transdisciplinary cognitive literary study examines selected passages from the literary memoirs of Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) ('Moments of Being') and Helen Garner (1942- ('True Stories and Everywhere I Look'). It focuses specifically on textual representations of memory, emotion and empathy, three components crucial not only to both effective and affective portrayals of life narratives, but also to self understanding and the creation of personal narratives beyond writing, in lived experience.
Table of ContentsIntroduction -- Chapter 1: Portraying and engendering memory in autobiographical narrative -- Chapter 2: The power and potential of emotion in life narratives -- Chapter 3: Empathy in life writing – feeling for our former selves.
NotesTheoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 85-92
Awarding InstitutionMacquarie University
Degree TypeThesis MRes
DegreeMRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of English
Department, Centre or SchoolDepartment of English
Year of Award2017
Principal SupervisorAntonina Harbus
RightsCopyright Merril Ann Howie 2017. Copyright disclaimer: http://mq.edu.au/library/copyright
Extent1 online resource (92 pages)
Former Identifiersmq:70697 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1266838
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