Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature
Volume 45, Number 3, September 2012
pp. 99-114 | 10.1353/mos.2012.0027
What is an ethics of autobiography in the context of the humour memoir? This essay examines the work of David Sedaris in order to explore how he uses the composite memoir form, and a comic style, to negotiate the problems of authenticity and authority that have become crucial in recent autobiography.