Memory, Authenticity & the Genre of Memoir

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 7 pm
A Day in the Life: Memory, Authenticity & the Genre of Memoir Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, room 328, 1825 SW Broadway

A discussion with Paul Collins, Portland State University Associate Professor of English; Kevin Sampsell, author; and Catherine Loverti, Lewis & Clark College Visiting Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

The power of memoir comes from its direct first person perspective. Yet, despite being non-fiction, how memory is transformed into memoir cannot simply be understood in terms of a reconstruction of facts. The panel discussion explores questions for memoir and memory to provide context for the general study of memoir as a genre and the specific issues that relate to memoirs written by under-represented writers in North America.