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European Journal of Life Writing
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     ISSN (Print) 2211-243X
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  • Bibliography

    • Authors: Ioana Luca
      Abstract: Bibliography
      PubDate: 2014-08-01
      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
      First page: 1
      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
      First page: 1
      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
      First page: 1
      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)
  • Speaking the Self, Narratives on Srebrenica

    • Authors: Odile Heynders
      First page: 1
      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)
  • Narratives of Survival and the Politics of Memory

    • Authors: Vieda Skultans
      First page: 11
      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)
  • When “Mixing Memory and Desire”: Imaginative Revisions and the
           Productive Power of Nostalgia in Rebecca Brown’s Oughtabiographies

    • Authors: Lies Xhonneux
      First page: 23
      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)
  • Early Russian Autobiography: Old Texts, New Readings

    • Authors: Yury Zaretskiy
      Pages: 44 - 62
      Abstract: The article discusses research perspectives in the study of Russian pre-modern first-person writings that are commonly called autobiographies. Its first part starts with definitions of what is “early russian” and “autobiographical,” briefly introduces six texts, gives a condensed review of the approaches to the study of these texts by literary and cultural historians from 1950s to the present, and concludes with suggestion of some new perspectives to their analysis. The article argues that re-questioning of early Russian autobiographical writings is prompted by some recent important changes in the humanities and social sciences and by some insights from historians and literary scholars who study first- person texts of the Western tradition. The second part of the article is a case- study that examines one autobiographical text, The Life (Zhitie) of monk epifanii (' – 1682) and focuses on one topic: representation of the hero/author’s pain and healing. The analysis of this representation is conducted in relation to concrete social and political contexts of the text. The study concludes that con- textualizing pre-modern first-person narratives as social activities embedded in historically specific reality helps in better understanding of their meanings. 
      Abstract in Russian
      Ранняя русская автобиография: Старые тексты, новые прочтения В статье рассматриваются перспективы изучения древнерусских сочинений от первого лица, которые обычно называют автобиографиями. Ее первая часть начинается с определения понятий «древнерусские» и «автобиографические» затем дает краткие характеристики шести текстов, содержит сжатый обзор подходов к изучению этих текстов историками литературы и культуры с 1950-х гг. по настоящее время и завершается предложением возможных новых направлений их исследований. В статье утверждается, что новые вопросы к древнерусским автобиогра-фическим сочинениям диктуются недавними важными переменами в социальных и гуманитарных науках, а также результатами, полученными историками ...
      PubDate: 2014-06-20
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
  • How I Lost My Memory and Never Got It Back

    • Authors: Domnica Radulescu
      Pages: 55 - 59
      Abstract: This piece is a cross over memoir writing / short story that could also qualify as exilic writing. It emerges from my own experience of immigration and exile to the United States and in particular it tells the story of my last day in my native country of Romania before my escape in 1983. It also recounts  the wrenching episode of my passing through customs and leaving my country forever on a plane to Rome. The essay is about memory, the trauma of exile and the troubled journey of recerating myself as an immigrant straddling two different countries and cultures.
      PubDate: 2014-06-20
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
  • 1969: Stories into Music

    • Authors: Andrew Kupfer
      Pages: 60 - 70
      Abstract: For composers on both sides of the rock/classical divide, the music of the late 1960s is inseparable from personal history.
      PubDate: 2014-07-25
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
  • Am I Doing the Right Thing?

    • Authors: Maurizio Ascari
      Pages: 72 - 87
      Abstract: This article describes the genesis of Faded Letters, a novel that is rooted in real facts, notably, tracing the fate of Antonio Ascari, who was deported to Germany in 1944 as a forced labourer and died in Lublin in 1945, while fleeing from Germany with other Italian prisoners.
      PubDate: 2014-07-25
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2014)
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