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Truth And (Self) Censorship In Military Memoirs, Esmeralda Kleinreesink, Joseph Soeters Apr 2016

Truth And (Self) Censorship In Military Memoirs, Esmeralda Kleinreesink, Joseph Soeters

Esmeralda Kleinreesink

It can be difficult for researchers from outside the military to gain access to the field. However, there is a rich source on the military that is readily available for every researcher: military memoirs. This source does provide some methodological challenges with regard to truth and (self) censorship, nevertheless. This study questions how truth and (self) censorship issues influence the content of these military autobiographies. It shows that these issues are not only a concern for researchers, but also for military writers themselves. The study provides concrete quantitative data based on military Afghanistan memoirs published between 2001 and 2010 from ...


International Military Autobiographies, Esmeralda Kleinreesink Sep 2013

International Military Autobiographies, Esmeralda Kleinreesink

Esmeralda Kleinreesink

Presentation given at the Veteran Authors symposium organized by the Dutch Veterans' Institute as a general introduction to international military autobiographies, detailing the results from my study into military Afghanistan memoirs, showing who these contemporary authors are, what they write and why they write.


How (Not) To Sell A Military Memoir In The Uk, Esmeralda Kleinreesink, Rachel Woodward, Neil Jenkings Jun 2013

How (Not) To Sell A Military Memoir In The Uk, Esmeralda Kleinreesink, Rachel Woodward, Neil Jenkings

Esmeralda Kleinreesink

In this study, we look at all (n=15) military memoirs published between 2001 and 2010 in Britain about military participation in the Afghanistan conflict, to establish the factors which determine whether a military memoir becomes a best-seller (sales >10,000 copies), or not. We look at three aspects of the book: content (i.e. type of plot), cover (e.g. whether rank or the award of medals is mentioned) and author features (e.g. seniority, sex, co-authorship by another established writer, preface by well-known person), and analysed data on these aspects, and on sales figures, using SPSS. The results ...


This Is A True Story: Confession And Discourse In Marcel Proust’S La Prisonnière, Jeffrey Joseph Bellomi Jan 2013

This Is A True Story: Confession And Discourse In Marcel Proust’S La Prisonnière, Jeffrey Joseph Bellomi

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The purpose of this thesis is to explore the relation between the Foucauldian concepts of truth and confession and their place within modern literature. By focusing on Marcel Proust’s La Prisonnière in particular, the intention is to examine how confession operates as a productive source of truth in an art form that by its very definition appears to resist the categorization of “truthful”. What makes Proust’s work especially critical to this is analysis is how its autobiographical elements and rhetorical devices entwine themselves with the art of confession and both expand as well as complicate the notion of ...