Séance 7 : Écrits de l’intime et handicap

Vendredi 21 mai 2021 | 16h-18h (Friday 21 May 2021, 4-6pm CET)

Thème : Aux frontières (des écrits) de soi (et de la littérature) : études sur le handicap face aux écrits de l’intime, un état des lieux /
Limits of the Self, Limits of Literature : Crossing Autobiographical and Disability Studies

Intervenants / Guests :

  • Tom COUSER (Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY USA)
    The Limits of Disability Life-writing

Fresh from two experiences that have stimulated my thinking about the topic of this seminar, I will approach it directly and quite broadly. The first experience was that of co-editing a two- volume reference work entitled Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives for Gale Cengage, with Susannah B. Mintz (2019). The second was teaching the Illness/Disability Narrative Course in Columbia’s Narrative Medicine Program this last term. Both experiences have entailed consideration of distinct and various limits of disability narrative: e.g., generic, geographical, physiological. I will address limits on both the production and the reception of such narrative and the consequent limitations of this discourse. Overall, the status of disability life writing today is paradoxical: on the one hand, it often exceeds what might have been considered its limits; on the other, it remains limited in troubling ways.

  • Mateusz CHMURSKI (Sorbonne Université, Eur’ORBEM)
    Six Characters (and a Document) in Search of an Author: The Facsimile of Witold Gombrowicz’s Kronos

Since its invention situated usually in 1862, fac-simile as a technical disposal promises literally “to make similar” in print an original of a given work of an author. Representative for the modern “fascination with subject formation (of a text or of an author) and the role of materiality in this transformation” (Roland 2011, 52), the facsimile production became gradually theorized from different perspectives both in art history and literary studies. I propose to observe its ambivalent status through the case study of the Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969) Kronos facsimile edition as an intersemiotic frame in which discourses, hierarchies (and, first and foremost, norms) crisscross while “the on-going historical process of text production known as editing” (Dane 1995, 46) becomes a complex play with six protagonists – the heir, the editor, the translator, the researcher, the journalist, and the reader. Tutti in cerca d’autore.

Discussion : Clara ROYER (Sorbonne Université, Eur’ORBEM)


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