Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research

Professor G. Thomas Couser: ‘Why Memoir Matters’

Thursday 6th March, 12.00-1.45pm, SB 309

Though often confused with the novel, memoir is a distinct genre, in theory at least. As a result, we properly have different expectations of it. Memoir matters, in part, because it does different "work" than fiction does. Couser will explore the implications of this difference in the context of the history and present situation of memoir in the US. In particular, he will argue for the significance of memoir as a threshold genre, accessible to many, and rooted in practices of daily life.

Professor G. Thomas Couser portrait

Professor G. Thomas Couser book cover 'Memoir'







Prof. Couser is the author of Memoir: An Introduction (OUP, 2011) and a leading author of many books on family memoir, disability and the ethics of life writing. 

 Listen to the recording of the talk here:

Tom Couser talk Why Memoir Matters 6th March 2014 University of Sussex

Thomas Couser on 6 March 2014Prof Tom Couser at the CLHLWR event on 6 March 2014