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European Journal of Life Writing    [3 followers]  Follow    
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     ISSN (Print) 2211-243X
     Published by VU e-Publishing Homepage  [3 journals]
  • When “Mixing Memory and Desire”: Imaginative Revisions and the
           Productive Power of Nostalgia in Rebecca Brown’s Oughtabiographies
    • Authors: Lies Xhonneux
      Abstract:
      English: This essay focuses on the “oughtabiographies” of the contemporary lesbian writer Rebecca Brown, which function as imaginative vehicles with which the author (re)writes her own past the way it should have been. Thus her work will be seen to extend the realm of longing – usually reserved for the future – into the past, thereby highlighting the role of desire and the value of “narrative truth” in personal history writing. Moreover, Brown’s active reworkings of her personal past allow for a critical reappraisal of the concept of nostalgia, which is usually dismissed as conservative or passive.
      Dutch: Dit essay bespreekt de “oughtabiographies” van de hedendaagse lesbische schrijfster Rebecca Brown, waarin deze auteur haar eigen verleden herschrijft tot wat het had moeten zijn. Zo toont Browns werk de invloed van verlangens – die normaal gezien tot het domein van de toekomst behoren – op (het denken over) het verleden, en benadrukt het het belang van “narrative truth” in de context van persoonlijke geschiedschrijving. Bovendien laat Browns actieve herwerking van haar verleden een kritische herwaardering toe van het concept nostalgie, dat vaak als conservatief of passief wordt afgeschilderd.
      PubDate: 2014-01-17
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
       
  • Speaking the Self, Narratives on Srebrenica
    • Authors: Odile Heynders
      Abstract: In this article, various life narratives documenting the fall of the Srebrenica enclave in July 1995 will be discussed and analyzed. The fundamental question underlying the reading of these narratives is ‘How do separate stories construct the memory of a European locus, offering an understanding of a geopolitical space as build on interchangeable voices’? The larger context within which this paper is written is my research on the symbolization of Europe: to get a grip on the European reality and culture we need to analyze and interpret narratives in the light of and with regard to the historical facts, their impact, and the collective and suppressed memories involved.  
      PubDate: 2014-01-17
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
       
 
 
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