Monthly Archives: April 2015

Mass Observation

Other Early Works Arguably, Mass Observation is another fore-runner of literary docu-memoir. The Movement, a social research investigative organisation in the UK, was founded in 1937 by anthropologist Tom Harrison, poet and reporter Charles Madge, and documentary film-maker and historian … Continue reading

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Henry Mayhew

Early works Arguably, the work of Henry Mayhew (1812-1887) is the main fore-runner of literary docu-memoir. Mayhew accepted a journalistic assignment in 1849 with the Morning Chronicle newspaper as the London correspondent “for a large-scale survey of Britain’s working poor,” … Continue reading

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A Matter of Positioning

The literary docu-memoir and the oral history memoir The oral history memoir is not to be confused with the literary (creative nonfiction) docu-memoir. A literary docu-memoir involves some techniques of fiction and imaginative story-telling of a high order. It is … Continue reading

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“As if I were Sara,” …

The Seamstress: a memoir of survival (1999), by Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, and Marlene Bernstein Samuels. The Seamstress: a memoir of survival (1999), a narrative of Holocaust survival written by the subject Sara Tuvel Bernstein, with her daughter-in-law Louise Loots … Continue reading

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Myths

Conclusion of essay, “Literary (creative nonfiction) docu-memoir: a different way of writing a life.” Published in the  EJLW Vol. 3, 29 October 2014. It is my belief that literary docu-memoir occupies a territory that has immediate access to the real … Continue reading

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