Sugar, baby

Baker, Dallas J. (2014) Sugar, baby. [A Creative/Applied Media collection]

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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.

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Item Type: A Creative/Applied Media collection
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: 'Copyright of all work published in TEXT remains with the authors.'
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2015 00:18
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2018 05:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: creative writing, writing as research, memoir
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)

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