Autobiography and memoir

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Autobiography and memoir

Autobiography and memoir

Autobiography and memoir are forms of qualitative research, as they require studying a small scale phenomenon in depth. For this paper, you can choose to examine any event that has occurred in your own life, whether momentous or silly, so long as it bears careful scrutiny and it not trivial to explain. Examples I have had in the past vary from explanation of attempted suicides and criminal acts to jumping in a freezing lake while high and a first kiss. You should strive to get all the details correct and clear as possible, but of course I and your other readers recognize that memory is imperfect and recall is selective.

The paper will be written in two parts. The structure should loosely follow this schema:

Part 1 (800-1500 words): • Please divide this part into sections with headers, e.g., “Description,” “Causal Explanation,” “Narrative Explanation.” • First describe the event plainly and objectively, laying out the facts clearly and avoiding explanation or commentary. Your model should be the scenarios in Exercises in Inference or Velleman’s “annals” or “chronicles” (“first the king died then the queen died”). You need to state the facts that both explanations share so that your reader will recognize what you’re explaining and so both explanations have a common ground. • Then explain the event in two different ways, one scientific (either causal or statistical relevance) and the other narrative. In this section of the paper, you will be performing abductive inference just as we did in “Exercises in Inference,” with the additional constraint that you will be reasoning toward particular kinds of explanation. Write for a general audience who hasn’t read the essays on explanation that you have. Your goal is, for example, to offer a causal explanation (using causal language and possibly causal maps) without talking about “causal models” or “counterfactual conditionals,” a story that doesn’t say “this is a narrative explanation.”

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