Sugar, baby [Short story]

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Baker, Dallas J.. 2014. "Sugar, baby [Short story]." TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses. Special Issue 26.
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Sugar, baby [Short story]

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AuthorBaker, Dallas J.
Journal TitleTEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses
TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs
Journal CitationSpecial Issue 26
Number of Pages10
Year2014
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
Australia
ISSN1327-9556
Web Address (URL)http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue26/Baker.pdf
Abstract

This work of creative non-fiction explores notions of ‘taste’ in relation to memoir writing. The essay extends the application of memoir as mere retelling to one of critical refiguring. Core to much scholarly discussion of memoir is how to conceptualise and understand the past (Murdock 2003). This work recasts memoir as an ‘ethics of the self’ (Foucault 1986) that offers a way of remaking our encounters with the past. It does this by applying Julia Kristeva’s (1982) notion of the abject to a sequence of
memories around sense experiences of ‘gendered taste’. As memory is fluid and changeable (Murdock 2003), this means that the application of these ideas to specific memories effectively ‘rewrites’ them, or at the very least provides a new context for understanding them. Given this, writing memoir can be seen as the rewriting of memory.

Keywordscreative writing, writing as research, memoir
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020360201. Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
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Issue theme: Taste and, and in, writing and publishing. 'Copyright of all work published in TEXT remains with the authors.' http://www.textjournal.com.au/send.htm

Byline AffiliationsSouthern Cross University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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