Ghost Stories: Writing Political Memory
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This thesis is a work of creative scholarship, meaning it is both a research and creative project. The first part of the thesis takes a look at political autobiographies and memoirs, and the second part contains a series of creative pieces that attempt to satirize many of the elements examined in the first part. I focus specifically on four presidential autobiographies and memoirs, among other examples of political memory writing. I also examine the business of ghostwriting, and how it plays into political memory writing. I then use the research section of the thesis as a springboard for the short pieces that follow in the creative section.