The Deflected Subject: ethics, objects and writing

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Title The Deflected Subject: ethics, objects and writing
Author Green, Stephanie Ruth
Journal Name Axon Journal
Editor Paul Hetherington
Year Published 2012
Place of publication Australia
Publisher University of Canberra
Abstract This discussion explores deflection as a narrative tactic for memoir writing, based on using material objects as sites of subjectivity. As a way of grounding this discussion, I employ the example of my own brief memoir ‘Antidote’, a fictionalised account of a collector and his collection, which provides the foundation for the story. In ‘Antidote’ I approach my account obliquely, as a restorative inventory. As I argue, however, it is not only the process of writing and remembering that provides a source of renewal. Rather, the objects themselves offer a mechanism of restoration. While imbued with ambiguity, they are an anchor against the constant slippage between the old world and the new. Roland Barthes has argued that the material details of a story can never denote the real: ‘all that they do … is to signify it’ (1989: 148) In ‘Antidote’ the assembled objects, the place that holds them and the collector who gathered them all exist. Even so, arguably, it is the selection and provenance of these objects, whether known or unknown, and their framing in language, that bring them into the realm of fabula and give narrative life to their form.
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Volume 1
Issue Number 2
Page from 1
Page to 7
ISSN 1838-8973
Date Accessioned 2012-07-02
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Creative Writing (incl Playwriting)
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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