Following the Tambourine Man

Author: Janet Mason Ellerby
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815608899
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Set during the sexual revolution of the sixties, this moving work recalls the decade's prodigious effect on a generation of Americans that came of age during that transformative time of changing mores. Janet Mason Ellerby follows the crooked path she took from a protected and privileged childhood and early adolescence to her unplanned pregnancy and banishment and to her daughter's birth and adoption. She then delves into the complex journey embarked on over the next thirty-five years, haunted by her first child's memory and attempting to compensate for her loss. in middle-class American attitudes that informed the conservative suburbs of the fifties, through the political revolution of the sixties, seventies, and into today. In so doing, she provides a personal commentary on the shifts in adoption culture and describes the overlooked heartbreak that many birthmothers endure.

Biting the Moon

Author: Joanne Frye
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 0815651724
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Joanne Frye reflects on her experience as a literary scholar and single mother, seeing her life as the convergence of "three strands of contemporary culture; feminism, literature and changing ideas of motherhood."

Kate Field

Author: Gary Scharnhorst
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815608745
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Presents the life of the charismatic journalist who, in the nineteenth century, was almost as famous as the celebrities she interviewed.

Lucinda or The Mountain Mourner

Author: Mischelle Booker Anthony
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 0815651139
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In 1807, a small rural New York press published the first edition of P. D. Manvill’s Lucinda; or, The Mountain Mourner. Over the next five decades no fewer than ten printings of the novel appeared in three different states. In the book, the eponymous heroine is one of seven children left to the ailing and poverty-stricken widower Adrian Manvill. Although it is a memoir, Lucinda reads like a sentimental epistolary novel, where the heroine is seduced, abandoned, and then dies in isolation shortly after her illegitimate child is born. Mischelle B. Anthony’s critical edition rescues this once-popular cautionary tale from obscurity and positions it among such classic early American narratives as Charlotte Temple and The Coquette.

The Imprint of Another Life

Author: Margaret Homans
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472118889
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How adoption and its literary representations shed new light on notions of value, origins, and identity

Fearless Confessions

Author: Sue William Silverman
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820336068
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Everyone has a story to tell. Fearless Confessions is a guidebook for people who want to take possession of their lives by putting their experiences down on paper--or in a Web site or e-book. Enhanced with illustrative examples from many different writers as well as writing exercises, this guide helps writers navigate a range of issues from craft to ethics to marketing and will be useful to both beginners and more accomplished writers. The rise of interest in memoir recognizes the power of the genre to move and affect not just individual readers but society at large. Sue William Silverman covers traditional writing topics such as metaphor, theme, plot, and voice and also includes chapters on trusting memory and cultivating the courage to tell one's truth in the face of forces--from family members to the media--who would prefer that people with inconvenient pasts and views remain silent. Silverman, an award-winning memoirist, draws upon her own personal and professional experience to provide an essential resource for transforming life into words that matter. Fearless Confessions is an atlas that contains maps to the remarkable places in each person's life that have yet to be explored.

On the Literary Nonfiction of Nancy Mairs

Author: Merri Lisa Lisa Johnson
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230113701
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Where much of the existing scholarship on Nancy Mairs has approached her essays in the context of disability studies, this book seeks to broaden the conversation through a wider range of critical perspectives and with attention to underrepresented aspects of Mairs’s oeuvre. With particular attention to the ways Mairs shapes her essays around a variety of “unspeakables”—such as depression, female sexuality and infidelity, mortality and death, or the struggle for faith in a post-modern world—this collection demonstrates Mairs’s provocative combination of bold ethics and subtle aesthetics.

Embroidering the Scarlet A

Author: Janet M Ellerby
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472052632
Format: PDF
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The first book-length study of changing cultural representations of unwed mothers in American fiction and film, from The Scarlet Letter to Juno