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W. G. Sebald’s Die Ausgewanderten
Dora Osborne

4003 Baxter-A literature:Layout 1 9/9/13 13:02 Page 94 5 MEMOIRS OF THE BLIND: W. G. SEBALD’S DIE AUSGEWANDERTEN Dora Osborne INTRODUCTION W. G. Sebald’s literary project is bound to an attempt at restitution which both obscures and illuminates the past. Through the use of photography, in particular, it foregrounds the visual in trying to recollect the past or recuperate that which has been lost. Yet these gestures are marked by blind spots which persist as a reminder of the belated perspective from which Sebald writes: he was born too late to know directly

in A literature of restitution
Rebecca Anne Barr

11  Desire, disgust and indigestibility in John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Coxcomb Rebecca Anne Barr John Cleland’s notoriety depends on his sexually explicit Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1748), a work which stimulates and celebrates the satisfaction of carnal appetites through a series of erotic encounters. Despite prosecution for obscenity, Cleland claimed, with brazen disingenuity, that his writing stemmed from his desire to stimulate while avoiding vulgarity, working as a proof positive that the novel could arouse without descending to depravity

in Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century
Tom Vague

10 Vague post-punk memoirs, 1979–89 Tom Vague Vague covers a boring Salisbury–Bournemouth sort of area with enthusiasm. Kris Needs, Zigzag (1980) At the end of the 1970s, as punk rock became post-punk and Margaret Thatcher came to power, Vague fanzine was founded at Salisbury College of Technology and Art (now Wiltshire College) by Perry Harris, Iggy Zevenbergen and me. Perry’s ‘Vague beginnings’ cartoon illustrates the idea’s conception with us saying: ‘Salisbury’s boring. There’s nothing to do … Let’s start a fanzine … What shall we call it? … Let’s base it

in Ripped, torn and cut
Jessica L. Malay

The Lady of the North, Yearly Memoirs, 1650–1675 2 In the year of our Lord God 16501 And the 23rd of January following (as the year begins on New Year’s day) died my second Lord Philip Herbert, Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, in his lodgings at the Cockpit near Whitehall at London, he being then sixty-five years, three months and thirteen days old. And the news of his death was brought down post from London to Appleby Castle the 27th day of that month, being Sunday. For he died upon a Wednesday and his dead body was buried in the great church at Salisbury2 the

in Anne Clifford’s autobiographical writing, 1590–1676
Making Sense of Hogg‘s Body of Evidence
Joel Faflak

This paper explores the occult relationship between modern psychoanalysis and the pre-Freudian psychoanalysis of James Hogg‘s 1824 Gothic novel, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Haunted by the ghosts of Mesmerism and of Calvinisms rabidly contagious religious fervour, Hogg‘s novel explodes post-Lockean paradigms of the subject for a post-Romantic British culture on the eve of the Empire. Turning back to Scotland‘s turbulent political and religious history, the novel looks forward to the problems of Empire by turning Locke‘s sense-making and sensible subject into the subject of an unconscious ripe for ideological exploitation, a subject mesmerized by the process of making sense of himself.

Gothic Studies
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Writing about Personal Experiences of Humanitarianism
Róisín Read
Tony Redmond
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Gareth Owen

humanitarian memoirs, there has been very little scholarship which focuses on them outside the history of humanitarianism. What role they play in contemporary humanitarianism is still unclear. Lisa Smirl (2012) considered what humanitarian memoir might tell us about the rites of passage of contemporary humanitarianism. Shameem Black draws on Emergency Sex , to argue that it reveals a racialised and sexualised cultural logic at the heart of humanitarianism which ‘connects humanitarianism to the idea of an adventurist colonial romance’ ( Black, 2011 : 54). Ina Friesen

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
The Elephant Man, the Neurotic and the Doctor
Andrew Smith

Smith argues that the medical memoirs of Sir Frederick Treves can be read as a Gothic narrative. Treves failure to account for Joseph Merrick (aka ‘The Elephant Man’) in scientific terms is supplanted by an attempt to plot Merrick in relation to literary forms, such as the Gothic. Additionally, Treves uses the Gothic in order to suggest the fears of incarceration and threatened male violence felt by an apparently neurotic woman. It therefore becomes possible to read Treves‘ memoirs as a document which reveals both the particular flavour of the Gothic discourse at the end of the nineteenth century and as a critique of medical practice.

Gothic Studies
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The Rejection of Enlightenment in the Unreliable Souvenirs of Charles Nodier
Matthew Gibson

Charles Nodier (1780–1844), librarian, occultist, entomologist and pioneer of the Fantastic in France was also a consummate liar in his many biographical souvenirs, a fact which led Bryan Rogers to understand him as attempting tofind consolation in a superior truth in his memoirs to that of his own lived experience, while Hélène Lowe-Dupas has remarked more on his use of the language of theatre in these memoirs in order, amongst other things, to render experience less chaotic. By detailing the nature of his lies in two souvenirs Les Prisons de Paris sous le Consulat (1826) and Suites dun mandat darrêt (1834), the current article seeks to locate the falsehoods as being more firmly rooted in his symbiotic rationale for Fantastic fiction, and demonstrate how his lies have a more scientific justification, helping him to extend historical truth before it is shown to be demonstrable.

Gothic Studies
Victoria Joule

In this article I demonstrate the significance of a flexible approach to examining the autobiographical in early eighteenth-century womens writing. Using ‘old stories’, existing and developing narrative and literary forms, womens autobiographical writing can be discovered in places other than the more recognizable forms such as diaries and memoirs. Jane Barker and Delarivier Manley‘s works are important examples of the dynamic and creative use of cross-genre autobiographical writing. The integration of themselves in their fictional and poetic works demonstrates the potential of generic fluidity for innovative ways to express and explore the self in textual forms.

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Mary Robinson and the Gothic
Anne Close

Mary Robinson‘s decision to publish in a notorious genre, the Gothic, drew further attention to her own sexual and moral notoriety. In Hubert de Sevrac, a Romance of the Eighteenth Century (1796) and Memoirs of the Late Mrs. Robinson (1801), she manipulates the publiccs taste for the type of Gothic fiction popularised by Ann Radcliffe and offers the sexually experienced heroine as a counter-ideal to Radcliffe‘s sexually naive characters. These works strategically revise conventional Gothic discourse in order to reassign the cultural significance of active female sexuality to fictional women, and, ultimately, to Robinson herself.

Gothic Studies