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Sibylle Lacan’s Un père: puzzle
Elizabeth Fallaize

allow a father to authenticate his descendants.) In sum, for Roudinesco, Lacan’s theory recounts in her words ‘ses affaires de famille’ (Roudinesco, p. ) (his family affairs). Theory and biography are turned on their heads. Instead of Lacanian theory being used as a reductive tool on Sibylle’s life writing, Lacan’s family life becomes an explanation of his theory. Sibylle is not so much the prisoner of Lacanian discourse as part of one of its sources. In both cases we have discourses of paternity which mask other discourses that lie beneath them or are entangled

in Women’s writing in contemporary France
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Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves as a reparative fantasy
Anu Koivunen

, turning of shame into pride –​as well as the nation, provided that ‘we all wipe each other’s tears without gloves’. This temporal structure, featuring a time of affect, an empty time of nation, and a futurity in an afterlife, confirms the overall re-​narrativisation of the HIV/​ AIDS epidemic: while focusing on dying and death, such a history concludes and invests in life. Writing history as something that enables futurity is a familiar move in recent queer politics, as described by Jasbir Puar in her discussion of homonationalism –​the role of gay-​friendliness in the

in The power of vulnerability
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The male leader’s autobiography and the syntax of postcolonial nationalism
Elleke Boehmer

unless this can be justified politically, or may be presented in such a way as to provide points of identification for the new national citizenry. The syntax of nationalist life-writing It is possible to isolate out of the postcolonial leader’s life-story-as-inauguralhistory (in other words, as ideological form), a set of distinctive, interrelated tropes through which the new nation is conceived into being. In the second edition of his influential Imagined Communities (1991) Benedict Anderson speaks of nationalist imaginings in both colonial and independent postcolonial

in Stories of women
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Gill Rye and Michael Worton

traumatic experience. Analysts of life writing, like Suzette Henke in Shattered Subjects, value above all the act of writing itself as therapy.35 Still other theorists point to the importance of the reader. In Testimony, Shoshana Felman and Dori Laub address Holocaust witnessing principally, but their sensitive discussion of the problematics of listening to – and reading – testimonial accounts can inform more widely.36 The point of bearing witness is to communicate the experience or event, and thus the listener has to take responsibility as ‘the enabler of the testimony

in Women’s writing in contemporary France
Sustaining literature
Claire Colebrook

might decay and yet its sense would remain. Nature would not generate anything that would scar or disturb its ongoing, self-adjusting auto-poetic life. Writing would achieve a form of shared communicative transparency that would be global, inclusive and post-ideological. What we say and write would be so fully understood and true that the material medium of conveying sense might wither away. Both of these ideals of (natural and cultural) biodegradability would be challenged by thinking the transcendental unsustainability that marks what has come to be known as life

in Literature and sustainability