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Journal Cover European Journal of Life Writing
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   ISSN (Print) 2211-243X
   Published by VU e-Publishing Homepage  [3 journals]
  • Reassembling Documents of Life in the Archive

    • Authors: Maria Tamboukou
      Pages: 1 - 19
      Abstract: We usually perceive archives as the end of the active life of a document, a place where a document is deposited to be protected and preserved for the creation of future memories and histories. And yet archives are beginnings as much as they are ends: they give their documents a new life and particularly with the advent of digitisation, new and diverse forms of life; but they can also deprive their documents of a future life, by hiding them through mysterious cataloguing structures, complex classification practices or merely spatial arrangements. Apart from curators and archivists who create and organise archives, often hiding documents in them, researchers also create archival assemblages when they bring together documents from diverse archives and sources around the world. But researchers, like archivists, often hide the archival strategies or sources of their research, through their immersion in the power relations of knowledge production. In this paper I look at the creation of an archival assemblage from my research with documents of life written by French seamstresses, active in the feminist circles of the romantic socialist movements of the nineteenth century. What I argue is that as researchers we need to become more sensitive to the life of the documents of life we work with; simply put: we cannot engage with documents of life while ignoring the life of documents within the archive and beyond. This article was submitted to EJLW on January 16th 2016, and published on April 9th 2017


      PubDate: 2017-04-08
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
       
  • Bill: A Portrait of Discontinuties

    • Authors: Arthur Halliday
      Pages: 1 - 10
      Abstract: A dialogue and a reflection are offered as a way of structuring the author’s thoughts about the life and personality of a dead friend (the dialogue), and his reflection on why he wrote the first dialogue as he did. In particular, the dialogue seeks to present the dead man as confusing to ‘read’. The reflection considers how much attention is given in the first to different aspects of the friend’s life, and offers possible reasons for these choices. Reasons include the personal characteristics of the author highlighted by his friendship with the dead man, and the author’s wish to reflect obliquely something of the felt experience of being the dead man’s friend. This dialogue was submitted to EJLW on August 7th, and published on April 9th 2017. Arthur Halliday is a pseudonym.
      PubDate: 2017-04-08
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
       
  • Moscow Interdisciplinary Conference on Autobiography

    • Authors: Thomas Rollings
      Pages: 1 - 5
      Abstract: The conference devoted to “Autobiographical writings in an interdisciplinary research environment: people, texts, practices” was held on 1–2 June 2016 in Moscow at the National Research University The Higher School of Economics (HSE). The conference aimed to promote the study of first-person writings as the product of specific social practices and marked a modest step forward in the study of autobiography in Russia. This article was submitted to EJLW on October 21st 2016 and published on April 9th 2017.
      PubDate: 2017-04-08
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
       
  • Arbeit ist das halbe Leben…

    • Authors: Sarah Herbe
      Pages: 6 - 12
      Abstract:  Arbeit ist das halbe Leben…: Erzählungen vom Wandel der Arbeitswelten seit 1945 (“Working is Half your Life…: Telling the Transformations of the Working World since 1945”), Kinder – Küche – Karriere: Acht Frauen erzählen (“Kids – Kitchen – Career: Eight Women Tell their Stories”), and Eigene Wege: Eine Bergbäuerin erzählt (“My Own Ways: A Mountain Farmer Tells Her Story”) are among the most recent volumes of the series “Damit es nicht verlorengeht…” (translated as “Lest We Forget…” on the website of the Department of Economic and Social History of the University of Vienna), edited by the association for the “Dokumentation lebensgeschichtlicher Aufzeichnungen” (“Collection of Biographical Records”) in Vienna. Both the collection and the series were founded in 1983 by the historian Michael Mitterauer, two years after the re-launch of the Mass Observation project in the UK (Sheridan 27), with the aim to document and archive the everyday lives of Austrians. The collection holds autobiographical manuscripts by more than 3,000 people, most of them born in Austria after 1900 (see Müller 2009, 93–94). Many of the contributions were elicited with the help of calls for contributions (“Schreibaufrufe”) that aimed at collecting material on specific topics. Günter Müller, the curator of the collection, stresses the close cooperation of the association with those who respond to such calls: every single submission receives a detailed personal reply, and the respondents are assisted in their attempts to keep alive their memories and experiences for posterity.     This article was submitted to the European Journal of Life Writing on March 15th 2017 and published on April 27th 2017.
      PubDate: 2017-04-27
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
       
  • The Diary of Heinrich Witt. Edited by Ulrich Mücke, 10 volumes, Brill:
           Leiden, Boston 2016. (ISBN: 978-90-04-30726-1). Also available as e-book
           (ISBN 978-90-04-30724-7).

    • Authors: Angelika Schaser
      First page: 13
      Abstract: A biography of Heinrich Witt authored by Christa Wetzel opens an impressive edition of Witt’s diary, written during the 19th century. Heinrich Witt, born in 1799 in Altona into a protestant merchant family, emigrated in his twenties to Peru where he spent most of his lifetime until his death in 1892. After school, the young Witt started a career as a merchant in Altona and was sent to England by his father in 1823, then left Europe to travel to Peru in 1824. First he acted for a trading company in London which started a new branch in Arequipa, Peru. In 1842 he went into business for himself, firstly dealt with wool and textiles, and focused on financial business from the 1860s onwards. This article was submitted to the European Journal of Life Writing on Janury 14th 2017 and published on April 29th 2017. 
      PubDate: 2017-04-29
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
       
  • Finding a Tongue: Autobiography Beyond Definition

    • Authors: Juliane Prade-Weiss
      Pages: 20 - 39
      Abstract: The outset of Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man presents a stage of life and language that is commonly evoked and, at the same time, systematically avoided in autobiographies as well as theoretical approaches to language: infancy. This textual strategy refers back to Augustine’s Confessiones, one of the most canonical autobiographies, reading it as a mainstay for an unconventional hypothesis: Rather that understanding infancy as an early stage of, or even before, language, Joyce expounds that the condition called infancy – the openness for receiving language while being unable to master it – accompanies all speech, be it childlike or eloquent. The article analyses Joyce’s text as one instance of a general paradox of autobiographical writing: initial aphasia. Setting out with birth or infancy, autobiographical texts precede articulate discourse. In Joyce, this paradox appears as starting point for a poetical – rather than theoretical – thinking about language, and language acquisition. This article was submitted on September 22nd 2015, and published on April 9th 2017.
      PubDate: 2017-04-08
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
       
  • Exploring the Nature of the Dialogical Self: The Young Widow Memoir

    • Authors: Katrin Den Elzen
      Pages: 40 - 61
      Abstract: This paper intends to contribute to the ongoing debate on identity construction by offering a textual analysis of two memoirs that depict the experience of young widowhood: Unremarried Widow by Artis Henderson (2014) and When it Rains by Maggie MacKellar (2010). I refer to the texts as young widow memoirs and identify them as a sub-genre of the grief memoir. Drawing on Paul Eakin’s concept of narrative identity and Hubert Hermans’ dialogical self theory, the analysis investigates how the memoirists use narrative to negotiate and represent the multiple subject positions and conflicting voices that arise out of the experience of young widowhood, and how they position selves which existed prior to their loss in relation to their post-loss selves. The memoirs under review are shown to rebuild a relatively stable sense of self out of the multiple voices of loss.   This article was based on a paper presented during the IABA-Europe Conference in 2015. The article was submitted on August 25th and published on April 13th 2017.
      PubDate: 2017-04-13
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
       
  • Coming to One's Senses: Diaries and the Materiality of Mourning in
           Sophie Calle's Rachel, Monique

    • Authors: Sonia Catherine Wilson
      Pages: 62 - 86
      Abstract: After a woman's death certain material objects, commonly referred to as 'personal effects', remain. Diaries are sometimes among these. This essay focuses on the trajectory taken by one mother's diaries in particular, examining the shifts in meaning effected by the circumstances in which they are passed on to the daughter and by their subsequent emergence into the daughter's work in 2012. Since her mother's death in 2006, the internationally established writer, photographer and installation artist Sophie Calle has staged a series of installations consisting of material markers of mourning. The diaries enter this installative series in 2012. This essay investigates how Calle's engagement with the diaries dialogues with existing cultural representations of The Mother's Diaries and explores the effects of their display on conventions of mourning and exhibiting practices. This article was submitted to EJLW on 29th of August 2015 and pubkished on 27th of April 2017. 
      PubDate: 2017-04-27
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
       
 
 
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