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In Their Own Minds

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Material Information

Title: In Their Own Minds Narrative and Identity in the Works of David Sedaris and David Rakoff
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: McCarthy, Catherine M.
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2007
Publication Date: 2007

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Magazine
Contemporary
Author
Humor
Humorist
Journalism
Participatory
Narrative
Identity
Immigrant
Essay
Interview
Self-Deprecating
Transcript
This American Life
Strangers With Candy
Sedaris, Amy
Vowell, Sarah
Glass, Ira
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: Often dubbed humorists, contemporary authors David Sedaris and David Rakoff elicit a wider range of reader response by combining participatory journalism, storytelling, social criticism and memoir. Both authors work in a wide range of media, from print to theatre and radio, both use a razor's edge of biting wit and satire, and both prize the ability to upset the reader. In such works as Barrel Fever (1994), Naked (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000) and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004), Sedaris writes more from remembered experience and employs his meticulously detailed diaries for inspiration. He orally revises his work by testing essays on live audiences before publishing or broadcasting them. Rakoff uses his training as a journalist to create participatory feature pieces for national publication as well as personal essays for his collections, Fraud (2001) and Don't Get Too Comfortable (2005). Sedaris and Rakoff combine the best qualities of traditional American works by such authors as Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker, the long, loosely structured, often transgressive works pioneered by the New Journalists and the emergent New New Journalists who focus on socioeconomic critiques, and a wide range of classic and contemporary international authors. Due to a scarcity of criticism on both of these authors I used Sedaris and Rakoff as an important resource in this thesis, conducting in-depth interviews with both authors. In the thesis as a whole, I cover such issues as developing personal identity within the narrative, using humor as a defense mechanism, and writing for different audiences. I incorporate the two interviews within the text of the thesis in order to engage authors more directly in the process of literary criticism.
Statement of Responsibility: by Catherine M. McCarthy
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2007
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Dimino, Andrea

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2007 M1
System ID: NCFE003816:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003816/00001

Material Information

Title: In Their Own Minds Narrative and Identity in the Works of David Sedaris and David Rakoff
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: McCarthy, Catherine M.
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2007
Publication Date: 2007

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Magazine
Contemporary
Author
Humor
Humorist
Journalism
Participatory
Narrative
Identity
Immigrant
Essay
Interview
Self-Deprecating
Transcript
This American Life
Strangers With Candy
Sedaris, Amy
Vowell, Sarah
Glass, Ira
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: Often dubbed humorists, contemporary authors David Sedaris and David Rakoff elicit a wider range of reader response by combining participatory journalism, storytelling, social criticism and memoir. Both authors work in a wide range of media, from print to theatre and radio, both use a razor's edge of biting wit and satire, and both prize the ability to upset the reader. In such works as Barrel Fever (1994), Naked (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000) and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004), Sedaris writes more from remembered experience and employs his meticulously detailed diaries for inspiration. He orally revises his work by testing essays on live audiences before publishing or broadcasting them. Rakoff uses his training as a journalist to create participatory feature pieces for national publication as well as personal essays for his collections, Fraud (2001) and Don't Get Too Comfortable (2005). Sedaris and Rakoff combine the best qualities of traditional American works by such authors as Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker, the long, loosely structured, often transgressive works pioneered by the New Journalists and the emergent New New Journalists who focus on socioeconomic critiques, and a wide range of classic and contemporary international authors. Due to a scarcity of criticism on both of these authors I used Sedaris and Rakoff as an important resource in this thesis, conducting in-depth interviews with both authors. In the thesis as a whole, I cover such issues as developing personal identity within the narrative, using humor as a defense mechanism, and writing for different audiences. I incorporate the two interviews within the text of the thesis in order to engage authors more directly in the process of literary criticism.
Statement of Responsibility: by Catherine M. McCarthy
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2007
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Dimino, Andrea

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2007 M1
System ID: NCFE003816:00001

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