1.) What makes this comedy set qualify as “memoir”? Which category of Smith and Watson’s memoir approaches do you find more applicable and why? (Review your options in Smith and Watson).

This stand-up comedy is definitely a memoir for various reasons. The speaker here was telling her story very truly. She was telling her story from the very beginning she discovered that she had breast cancer. she described her feelings and mentioned when someone in the street called her sir instead of madam, which was annoying to her. Her story considers an illness memoir as she describes her illness condition. “Increasingly, people are chronicling their journies through illness, diagnosis, treatment, and survival as stories of self-reinvention, as Reynolds Price does in A Whole New Life, about his recovery from spinal cancer.” (Reading Autobiography). However, she told her story in a comedy way which made it may be easier for readers and herself as well.

2.) How does spoken word storytelling differ from pint or graphic memoir in terms of audience engagement? in terms of imagery? in terms of its use of memory to craft a public “self”?

I think spoken word storytelling is stronger in delivering the emotions to the audience since the audience can easily see and feel the speaker. However, in the graphic memoir, it might be a bit weird to imagine the author in the drawing. The graphic memoir makes the audience imagine only the things and topics the graphic memoir discusses and draws and it limits them to see it in a specif way, while in spoken memoir it is the opposite. in the spoken memoir, the audience can understand the memoir in a direct way and they can think of different analyses.


Work Cited

Smith, Sidonie, and Julia Watson. Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives. 2nd ed., University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Print.

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