A Menopausal Memoir: Letters from Another Climate

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 111 pages
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The only extended, first-person narrative about menopause, A Menopausal Memoir: Letters from Another Climate explores the connection between menopause, mourning, and memory through nine fictional letters written to different addressees. The letters explain the author s own experience of having a hysterectomy (without her permission) during surgery for endometriosis and being thrown into instant menopause. Herrmann expresses her experiences differently in each letter based on the recipient s gender, sexual identity, and age, revealing the complexities of accepting menopause. Psychotherapists, psychologists, physicians, medical students, academics, and those interested in women s health and women s studies will receive insight into one woman s experience and will learn how our bodies mold our sexual identity and shape many aspects of our lives.

Writing these letters from the point of view of a scholar engaged in personal narrative but not in the familiar narrative of a woman married with children, Herrmann examines her journey of loss, recovery, and healing through feminist theory. The letters in A Menopausal Memoir reveal many other issues, including:
  • the relationship between the female body and the meanings attached to it
  • the different ways women tell their stories about difficult experiences
  • negotiating the relationship between growing older and sexual identity
  • the body s response(s) to the loss of organs that form/inform its history
  • the connection between body, identity, and disease A highly personal, yet theoretical, approach to the experience of menopause, A Menopausal Memoir explores how changes in the body affect your sexual identity, your relationships, and your feelings as a woman.

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Contents

Letter to My Mother
13
Letter to an Ex Lover
27
Letter to My Father
51
Letter to Two Young Women
77
Letter to Myself
99
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Page 120 - CARR is associate professor of English and women's studies at the University of Pittsburgh and coeditor of the Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture.

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Anne Herrmann is Associate Professor of English at the University of Michigan, where she also teaches in the Women’ s Studies program.

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