The Ethics of Life Writing

The Ethics of Life Writing

by Paul John Eakin (Editor)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801488337
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 03/31/2004
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Mapping the Ethics of Life Writing
by Paul John Eakin

Part I. Telling the Truth in Autobiography, Biography, and History

1. Arguing with Life Stories: The Case of Rigoberta Menchú
by Paul Lauritzen

2. Misremembering Ted Hughes
by Diane Middlebrook

Part II. Life Writing as Moral Inquiry

3. Life Writing as Narrative of the Good: Father and Son and the Ethics of Authenticity
by David Parker

4. Judging and Not Judging Parents
by John D. Barbour

Part III. Representing Others: Trust and Betrayal

5. Friendship, Fiction, and Memoir: Trust and Betrayal in Writing from One's Own Life
by Claudia Mills

6. Decent and Indecent: Writing My Father’s Life
by Richard Freadman

7. The Ethics of Betrayal: Diary of a Memoirist
by Nancy K. Miller

Part IV. Acts of Resistance: Telling Counterstories

8. Mapping Lives: "Truth," Life Writing, and DNA
by Alice Wexler

9. Moral Non-fiction: Life Writing and Children’s Disability
by Arthur W. Frank

10. When Life Writing Becomes Death Writing: Disability and the Ethics of Parental Euthanography
by G. Thomas Couser

11. Tales of Consent and Descent: Life Writing as a Fight against an Imposed Self-Image
by Marianne Gullestad

Afterword
by Craig Howes

Contributors
Index

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