School: History, Meaning, Context, and Construct
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In this chapter, we ask for whom military memoirs are written. We consider authors’ own ideas about their readerships, and the connections between these and the dedications that appear in many published memoirs. We discuss the different groups which authors consider whilst writing and editing – family members, friends (including military colleagues), military readerships, and unknown others constituting a broader civilian public. We examine the construction of the market for military memoirs from authors’ perspectives, and situate this within a wider discussion of the communicative and instructional possibilities of the memoir. We consider the military memoir, provocatively perhaps, as a life-writing form akin in many respects to the Latin American testimonio form. This in turn suggests a reading of military memoirs in terms of their intentionality of communication.
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