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Writing as 'Compearance' in Diário da Queda by Michel Laub

Baker, EM; (2020) Writing as 'Compearance' in Diário da Queda by Michel Laub. Bulletin of Latin American Research , 39 (2) pp. 255-268. 10.1111/blar.12998. Green open access

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Abstract

Diário da Queda (2011) by Michel Laub has been described as autoficção (autofiction), the Brazilian translation of the concept coined by Serge Doubrovsky to describe the narrative working‐through of trauma through fictional autobiography. This article re‐examines the definition of ‘autofiction’ and argues that Laub's narrative process more closely resembles Jean‐Luc Nancy's notion of a singular voice ‘compearing’ experiences in a process of ‘sharing’ that, when combined with touch and affection can – according to the novel – more successfully help to overcome trauma. At stake are questions regarding the inheritance of Holocaust memory, as well as its politicised deployment in contemporary conflicts.

Type: Article
Title: Writing as 'Compearance' in Diário da Queda by Michel Laub
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/blar.12998
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/blar.12998
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2019 The Authors. Bulletin of Latin American Research published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Society for Latin American Studies. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: autofiction, Brazilian literature, Holocaust, Jean‐Luc Nancy, memory studies, Michel Laub
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10084050
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