Writing the Self (The Body) as mer-mer

Rendle-Short, F 2018, 'Writing the Self (The Body) as mer-mer' in Donna Lee Brien and Quinn Eades (ed.) Offshoot: Contemporary Life Writing Methodologies and Practice, UWAP Scholarly, Perth, Australia, pp. 225-242.


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Title Writing the Self (The Body) as mer-mer
Author(s) Rendle-Short, F
Year 2018
Title of book Offshoot: Contemporary Life Writing Methodologies and Practice
Publisher UWAP Scholarly
Place of publication Perth, Australia
Editor(s) Donna Lee Brien and Quinn Eades
Start page 225
End page 242
Subjects Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Summary If we think of mer-mer, as its definition implies, that which enables us to "vividly wonder", "to be anxious", "to exhaustingly ponder", then how do you write mer-mer? How do you language the body? Hélène Cixous says you must write with one's ear (with the body), with music, she says 'it is the body in action in writing'. To mer-mer / memoir the body is an engagement of the most intimate kind, where there is risk and openness and vulnerability. Writing mer-mer lets us hover beneath skin, at the back of the throat where voice comes from. It allows us to 'not know', to speculate, gawk, fret, agitate and muse. Readers are invited to experience the Other close up as if without any space between, not to sensationalise the experience of the story of self, but as a genuine exchange and sharing of knowledge and truthiness: to inhabit a joint consciousness. Of course, there will always be questions; there are never easy answers. But this is a site where change might be possible.
Keyword(s) autobiography
body
Dada
dance
death
David Shields
essay
fragmentation
Hélène Cixous
language
literary scandals
literature
materiality
memoir
memory
mourning
music
nonfiction
Other
reading
wonder
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