For this assignment you are to select a memoir focusing on the life of an author from adolescence or later in life. You may choose any of those listed below. In addition you may select one with my approval, not on this list. The review should be 3 to 5 double spaced pages in 10 to 12 size font. Look at the work you select in terms of the following.
I.The social definition of the situation (including cultural content and macro factors)
II.The developmental issues
III.Any difficulties or life crises encounter by the author and how these were resolved.
IV.Comment on how the circumstances of their life shaped both their limitations and their gifts.
V.Reflect on your own psychosocial context and how this frames your response to the life story of the author.
List to chose from:
Anderson, Joan. A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman. A woman retreats from her life and encounters her deeper self and renews her commitment to her marriage.
Bayley, John. Elegy for Iris. A chronicle of a British marriage in which the literary partners must cope with the relentless advance of Alzheimer?s disease as it destroys a once brilliant mind.
Cockburn, Henry and Patrick. Henry?s Demons: Living with Schizophrenia , A Father?s and Son?s Story
an unsentimental account of ? a family’s battle with schizophrenia looks at the ignorance and stigma that often accompany any mention of mental illness. When Cockburn, a foreign correspondent for the Independent on assignment in Afghanistan, learns his 20-year-old son, Henry, has been institutionalized after trying to drown himself, he tries to understand why his son has had a mental breakdown.? (Publishers Weekly)
Cohen, Richard. Blind sided: Lifting a life above illness: A Reluctant Memoir – an up-and-coming television journalist, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 25, a disease for which there is no cure. In this wrenching memoir, he tells how he has for the past 30 years succeeded in his determination to “cope and to hope.?(Publishers Weekly)
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