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Justifiable conduct : self-vindication in memoir

Author: Erich Goode
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2013.
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"How do memoirists make their work interesting, daring, exciting, and unorthodox enough so that they attract an audience, yet not so heinous and scandalous that their readers are unable to empathize or identify with them? In Justifiable Conduct, renowned sociologist Erich Goode explores the different strategies memoirists use to "neutralize" their alleged wrongdoing and fashion a more positive image of themselves  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Autobiography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erich Goode
ISBN: 9781439910252 1439910251 9781439910269 143991026X
OCLC Number: 815757792
Description: xviii, 199 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. "Herb Stempel Was the First to Agree to the Fix" / Charles Van Doren ; "If We Explain We're Shooting Beaver, They'll Understand" / Jim Bouton ; The Transgressive I, the Exculpatory Account. Autobiography and Memoir. Memoir and Autobiography ; The Memoir Explosion ; Literal Facticity: Does It Matter? ; "I Honestly Have No Idea" / James Frey. --
Autonarrating Transgression. The "I" and the "Me" ; Vocabularies of Motive ; Is to Explain to Condone? ; The Presentation of Self ; Accounts ; Techniques of Neutralization: Theory or Concept? ; To Whom Are Self-Exculpations Addressed? ; In Sum: Neutralizing Deviance. --
Criminal Behavior. "This Is How I Earned My Living" / Joe Bonanno ; "What Else Could I Do?" / Edward Bunker ; "If You Behave like a Man, You Are Doomed" / Jack Henry Abbott ; "$12.5 Million! In Three Minutes!" / Jordan Belfort ; Accounting for Crime. --
Substance Abuse. "This Is What Men Do" / Pete Hamill ; "Drinking Was Part of Our Heritage" / Susan Cheever ; "I Was Romanticizing Lives of Crime" / Steve Geng ; "I Was Doomed to Fail No Matter How Hard I Tried" / William Cope Moyers ; Accounting for Substance Abuse. --
Sexual Transgressions. "Everyone Wants to Fuck Young Girls" / Roman Polanski ; "My Parade of Boys Continues" / Kerry Cohen ; "I Took Aim and Flicked the Whip toward Him" / Melissa Febos ; "I Wanted to Be Shirley Temple" / Kirk Read ; Accounting for Sexual Transgressions. --
Political Deviance. "I Was Notorious, an Informant, a Squealer, a Rat" / Elia Kazan ; "The Theory Circulated That I Had Gone Mad" / Norman Podhoretz ; "I Never Have Felt That I Would Live to Become an Old Man" / Malcolm X ; "The Intention Was Not to Cause Carnage but Chaos" / Cathy Wilkerson ; Accounting for Political Transgressions. --
Accounting for Deviance. How They Account for Themselves ; Searching for Common Threads ; Looking Back.
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"Erich Goode's Justifiable Conduct is a deeply considered and wildly fascinating look into the craft of memoir. This book should be required reading for those who read, write, love, or loathe memoir. Read more...

 
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