In Praise of Navel-Gazing
in Body Work
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Beginning with the author’s experience as a creative writing teacher on an MFA programme, this chapter makes the case for ‘navel gazing’: unafraid, unapologetic first-person writing about the body, sex, gender, violence, joy, and trauma. Febos explores her path to writing memoir, the bias against personal writing, and the politicization of trauma.

Body Work

The Radical Power of Personal Narrative


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