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ERIC Number: EJ1159662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
The Symbolic Life of the Moleskine Notebook: Material Goods as a Tableau for Writing Identity Performance
Alexis, Cydney
Composition Studies, v45 n2 p32-54 Fall 2017
Writing is considered a sacred act and the writer a sacred cultural figure. People use objects when trying to access this desired identity. How a person approaches and uses an object is intimately connected to family, sense of self, writing history, relation to peers, media connections, social awareness, and life story. Hence, turning to objects is one way of uncovering the very complicated identities that perform the practice of writing and for understanding the writing process itself. In this essay, I turn to the Moleskine notebook, a popular writing object, to show how three writers develop, navigate, and maintain their writerly identities and writing practices through this seemingly simple object.
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Language: English
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