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European Journal of Life Writing
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     ISSN (Print) 2211-243X
     Published by VU e-Publishing Homepage  [3 journals]
  • Narratives of Survival and the Politics of Memory

    • Authors: Vieda Skultans
      Abstract: Narratives of survival illustrate a number of converging theoretical issues of importance for life-history writing. On the one hand, personal memory strives for connection with shared structures of thought: little stories seek to attach themselves to big stories. On the other hand, nation building shapes personal memory to serve its political grand narratives. In the interstitial space room must be found for the articulation of the experience of little individuals.
      PubDate: 2014-04-18
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
       
  • Deportation, Memory and the Self in Dalia
           Grinkevičiūtė’s Memoirs A Stolen Youth, A Stolen
           Homeland and Lithuanians by the Laptev Sea

    • Authors: Audrone Raskauskiene
      Abstract: The present discussion adresses the issue of deportation, displacement, memory and the self in Dalia Grinkevičiūtė’s Lietuviai prie Laptevų jūros: Atsiminimai, miniatiūros, laiškai, written in 1949–50, first published in 1997 and in 2002 translated as A Stolen Youth, a Stolen Homeland, and in the second version of the memoirs, Lietuviai prie Laptevų jūros, written in 1974, in 1990 translated as Lithuanians by the Laptev Sea. At the age of fourteen, Dalia Grinkevičiūtė (1927-1987) was deported from Lithuania to Siberia during the mass deportations of 1941 and spent almost 10 years in Yakut Republic. Considering Grinkevičiūtė’s life experience writing memoirs may be understood as a means of composing or re-creating the self. At the same time, this re-creating of the self through narrative becomes a healing process to that wounded by the tragic experiences of deportation and exile. If we refer to Lacan, relating self to the others brings a healing effect. According to such scholars as Kohut, Hartmann, Modell, and Kernberg, a sense of self depends on the negotiations of self defined against and in relation to others, where the “other” takes the form of an object of various emotions. For many of these scholars, creativity, especially writing, performs the function of restoring or re-creating a sense of self and re-negotiating self-object relations. The idea of writing as re-creation of the self, can be related to autobiographical writing where this is quite explicit.
      PubDate: 2014-03-21
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
       
  • Writing the Lives of the Poor

    • Authors: Timothy Ashplant
      Abstract: The conference 'Writing the Lives of the Poor' arose out of a joint Anglo-German research project, “Pauper Letters and Petitions for Poor Relief in Germany and Great Britain,1770–1914”, funded by the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council,and directed by Prof. Steven King (University of Leicester) and Prof.Dr. Andreas Gestrich (Director, German Historical Institute London. These narratives comprise letters and petitions written by paupers seeking some form of relief. In describing the circumstances which led them to appeal for help, the authors construct autobiographical vignettes. The project aims to construct an online, edited corpus of such texts, which survive in considerable numbers in British and German archives.
      PubDate: 2014-03-14
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
       
  • Love Plus Anarchy

    • Authors: Heathcote Williams
      Abstract: Here’s something to offend everyone – which should make us think about grounds of taking offence. In an invitation to self-reflect, Heathcote Williams' poems ask more of readers than usual: it’s part of what makes them so interesting for life writing.
      PubDate: 2014-02-14
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
       
  • 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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