To Begin to Know: Resolving Ethical Tensions in David Leser's Patriographical Work
Mediating memory: Tracing the limits of memoir pp. 237-250
ANZSRC / FoR Code
190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)| 200101 Communication Studies| 200502 Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Avondale Research Centre
Scripture, Spirituality and Society Research Centre
Field of Education
09 Society and Culture
The practice of life writing raises ethical tensions for authors negotiating the space and intersections between self and other, and proprietorial entitlement.
The focus of this chapter is the method in which Australian author and journalist David Leser navigates these tensions – journalistic investigator and the dutiful son; former husband and doting father – in constructing his patriography To Begin To Know: Walking in the Shadows of My Father (Allen and Unwin 2014).
A prolific story teller, narrating the story of his father, publishing great, the late Bernard Leser, was impossible earlier in Leser’s career. But enmeshing it with his own story, ten years later, somehow bridged a tacit gap between father and son.
Joseph, S., & Rickett, C. (2018). To begin to know: Resolving ethical tensions in David Leser's patriographical work. In B. Avieson, F. Giles, & S. Joseph (Eds.), Mediating memory: Tracing the limits of memoir (pp. 237-250). New York, NY: Routledge.