Madeleine Ackerman

Postgraduate Research Student

Thesis Title

Write Like a Girl: Reclaiming Sentimentality in Contemporary Women's Memoir



My research examines how sentimentality is functioning in contemporary women's memoir. It reframes sentimentality via affective, feminist and moral-philosophical lines of inquiry - paying specific attention to intersections of vulnerability, relationality and embodiment - positing the term as central to modern articulations of self/womanhood within the memoir genre.