The Reparative in Narratives: Works of Mourning in Progress available in Hardcover
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- Liverpool University Press
The authors studied in this volume represent a Francophone archipelago unfamiliar to any mapmaker, but drawn together through their use of narrators who are survivors and, sometimes, inflictors, of unspeakable acts of violence. These authors, then, Mireille D. Rosello argues, repair trauma through the act of writing. The reparative narratives introduced here require that readers be prepared to accept that healing belongs to a whole realm of potential outcomes—and that exposure and denunciation do not exhaust the victim’s range of possibilities. Rosello contends that this context-specific, yet repeating, pattern constitutes a response to our contemporary understanding of both globalized and extremely localized types of traumatic memories.
|Publisher:||Liverpool University Press|
|Series:||Liverpool University Press - Contemporary French & Francophone Cultures Series|
|Product dimensions:||9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Mireille D. Rosello is Chair of the Program of Comparative Studies at the University of Amsterdam and was previously Professor of French literature and comparative literary studies at Northwestern University. Her many books include 'Postcolonial Hospitality' (Stanford University Press, 2001), and 'France and the Maghreb: Performative Encounters' (University of Florida Press, 2005).
Table of Contents
Introduction: From the Debate on 'Repentance' to the Reparative in Memorial Narratives
1 Algerian Humour: 'Jay Translating' Words and Silences
2 René-Nicolas Ehni: Matricide and Deicide as Figures of Unforgivable Violence and Redemption during the Algerian War of Independence
3 The Truth of False Testimonies: False Brothers in Michael Haneke's Caché
4 Gisèle Halimi's Autobiographical and Legal Narratives: Doing to Trees what They Did to Me
Conclusion: Repentance and Detective Fiction: Legal Powerlessness and the Power of Narratives