Stolen Memories: A Post 9/11 Memoir From Beyond (Working Title)
By: Laura Lopez
My project is an experiment in genre-blending storytelling that pushes the boundaries between the classic memoir and historical fiction. I intend to explore the implications of mode and memory on character and plot development through the creation of a series of fictionalized correspondence with my father. These unexplained “interactions” will begin on or around the day he died (9/11/2001) and evolve, over a 16-year time-span, through letters, emails, and text-messages. In addition to the father-daughter narrative, my project will layer in a second “story” told through the inclusion of personal artifacts related to my 9/11 experience (such as letters, poems, newspaper articles, etc.). In this way, questions related to memory, meaning-making, trauma, and the grieving process are also investigated. My research methodology will include a comprehensive literature review, an autoethnographic analysis of my composing process, and a reflection on the impact that reimagining this period has had on me. In doing this work, I hope to fill an existing void in the post-9/11 literature space, add to the discussion surrounding the both the modern epistolary and print-based multimodal forms, and contribute to the existing knowledge surrounding genre-blending.