My Memoir Betrayed Me: A Neo-Expressivist Study of The Other Side of the Sky: A Memoir by Farah Ahmedi
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This paper is a neo-expressivist study of The Other Side of the Sky: A Memoir by a young adult Afghan refugee Farah Ahmedi. As opposed to expressivism, neo-expressivism rests on the idea that expression in writing is not of a single, authentic self but something more than this. While expressing, one is expressing something else, and is also being expressed. This paper rhetorically analyses the metaphors that the text under study uses to see what else is being expressed through the writer. The detailed analysis of the metaphors used in the text reveals author’s ‘internalized oppression,’ and ‘double consciousness’ that create a narrative—white savior narrative—other than the apparent survival story of the writer in the memoir. The study converges neo-expressivism with the postcolonial perspective of ‘internalized oppression,’ and ‘double consciousness’ to complicate the use of memoir in an expressivist pedagogy classroom where personal writing is considered a window to imaginative, psychological, social, and spiritual development of the student writers.