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Still Here

Memoirs of Trauma, Illness and Loss, 1st Edition

Edited by Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles, Sue Joseph


270 pages

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Still Here: Memoirs of Trauma, Illness and Loss explores the history, ethics, and cross-cultural range of memoirs focusing on illness, death, loss, displacement, and other experiences of trauma. From Walt Whitman’s Civil War diaries to kitchen table survivor-to-survivor storytelling following Hurricane Katrina, from social media posts from a refugee detention centre, to poetry by exiles fleeing war zones, the collection investigates trauma memoir writing as healing, as documentation of suffering and disability, and as political activism. Editors Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles and Sue Joseph have brought together this scholarly collection as a sequel to their earlier Mediating Memory (Routledge 2018), providing a closer look at the specific concerns of trauma memoir, including conflict and intergenerational trauma; the therapeutic potential and risks of trauma life writing; its ethical challenges; and trauma memoir giving voice to minority experiences.

Table of Contents


Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles, and Sue Joseph

Part I Marginalities

1. Rewriting the Ontological Self-Following the Loss of the Communication Senses  

Annmaree Watharow 

2. Memoir and Mental Disability: A Call to Action 

Ina Seethaler 

3. A Memoir on Writing Memoir: Navigating the Past to Find Voice in the Present

Danielle Wise 

Part II Histories

4. Writing Trauma: The Other Into the Story of The Self 

Anna Denejkina  

5. Modelling The Good Death in Memoir

Donna Lee Brien 

6. Trauma’s Interior History: Walt Whitman’s Civil War and Sequelae

Bob Scholnick

Part III Practices

7. Listening With Feeling: Emotional Labour and Digital Storytelling in Dementia Care Education

Nicole Matthews and Naomi Sutherland 

8. Survivor to Survivor Story-Telling After Hurricane Katrina

Carl Lindahl

9. Life-Writing and Incremental Healing: Word by Word, Year by Year  

Sue Joseph 

Part IV Ethics

10. Investigating Ethics in the Young Widow Memoir  

Katrin Den Elzin 

11. Breaking Conventions, Crossing Genres: Motherhood and Memoir in the Age of Surrogacy 

Eva-Sabine Zehelein 

12. Spit Us Out Whole: Voicing the Double Wound in Carol Dine’s Places in the Bone: A Memoir   

Carolyn Rickett 

Part V Exile

13. ‘Still Mauled but Constructive New Lives’: Trauma Memoirs in 20th Century American Prison Writing

Ravi Shankar 

14. Becoming Refugee: Poetics and Politics of Representation and Displacement in Refugees’ poetry 

Kamal Sbiri

15. A Call to Action: Behrouz Boochani Manus Island Prison Narratives

Willa McDonald

About the Editors

Dr. Bunty Avieson is a Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney.

Dr. Fiona Giles is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney.

Dr. Sue Joseph is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Technology Sydney.

About the Series

Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, it engages with topics such as philosophy, science, race, gender, film, music, and ecology. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Australian & Oceanian
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health