Languages and Literature, University of Leicester
My thesis examines what I term co-construction, a bricolage technique using theory, multimedia, and secondary references in women’s contemporary life writing. I argue that co-construction is used by contemporary authors to form a new canon of women’s confessional writing, proliferating multifarious conceptions of female identity at the same time as producing an autobiographical narrative. I focus on the inclusion of other women writers as a key aspect of contemporary life writing and speculate about the influence of technology in extending the potential for these referential acts to reach other women. Crucially, this thesis also interrogates critical invalidation of this writing through the term ‘oversharing,’ a misogynistic expression connoting inappropriate female accounts of personal experience, and the enduring grand narratives these subjects are read against.