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ERIC Number: EJ1166305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
Listening to What Cannot Be Said: Broken Narratives and the Lived Body
Kokanovic, Renata; Stone, Meredith
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v17 n1 p20-31 Feb 2018
The core of this special issue of "Arts and Humanities in Higher Education" emerged from the "Broken Narratives and the Lived Body" conference held in 2016. The "Broken Narrative" essays included in this issue open up a critical space for understanding and theorising illness narratives that defy a conventional cognitive ordering of the self as a bounded spatial and temporal entity. Here, we discuss how narratives might be "broken" by discourse, trauma, "ill" lived bodies and experiences that exceed linguistic representation. We trouble distinctions between coherent and incoherent narratives, attending to what gaps, silences and "nonsenses" can convey about embodied illness experiences. Ultimately, we suggest that "breaks" are in fact a continuation of embodied narration. This is shown in the "Art and Trauma" forum of essays, which reveal how narrative silences can "infect" other embodied subjects and be transformed, achieving musical or visual representation that allow us to apprehend the "constitutive outside" of narratives of illness or trauma.
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Language: English
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