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Title: The baker's daughter : a life shaped by cakes
Author: Johncox, Louise Mary
ISNI:       0000 0004 5355 0831
Awarding Body: Bath Spa University
Current Institution: Bath Spa University
Date of Award: 2014
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The purpose of this contextualising research is to examine the geme of food memoirs and to trace my literary journey as a food memoirist. This study focuses on what has influenced the development of The Baker's Daughter, as well as the impact of my publisher's involvement at a later stage of the writing. It offers a context for my work and its development, a reflection on my own process, and contributes to debates about the nature of food memoir; I explore the practical issues that arose when writing my memoir that I hope other authors will find useful. In Chapter One I examine the cultural significance of food books, including food memoirs and cookbooks. I define memoir and food memoir, including the various sub gemes. This is in order to establish where The Baker's Daughter and my chosen texts fit within the food memoir geme. Chapter Two is an exploration of childhood in my selected family food memoirs. I explore the key themes and narrative techniques and how they influenced my own decisions about my craft. In Chapter Three I focus on the criteria for the inclusion and positioning of recipes in The Baker's Daughter and my chosen texts. I pay special attention to how my selected writers weave recipes within the prose, at the end of their chapters and in separate sections. Chapter Four explores the involvement of a publisher for The Baker's Daughter. I look at the rationale for adapting my PhD material into both a cookbook and standalone ebook memoir and I analyse the differences between the genres. I discuss the inclusion of baker's tips within The Baker's Daughter. I also explore the tensions between the publisher's interest in my work as a nostalgia memoir and their emphasis on authenticity.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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