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The pornography of trauma : faking identity in misery memoirs

Miller, Alyson 2012, The pornography of trauma : faking identity in misery memoirs, LiNQ, vol. 39, pp. 90-103.

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Title The pornography of trauma : faking identity in misery memoirs
Author(s) Miller, Alyson
Journal name LiNQ
Volume number 39
Start page 90
End page 103
Total pages 14
Publisher James Cook University : School of Arts and Social Sciences : Department of Humanities
Place of publication Townsville, Qld.
Publication date 2012-12
ISSN 0817-458X
Summary Examining hoax memoirs by James Frey (2003), Dave Pelzer (1995) and Kathy O’Beirne (2006), this paper illustrates how anxieties about the inability of representation to provide a direct access to truth are mitigated via an emotional connection with the text. While the degree of faking varies, each scandal reveals concerns about authenticity and the need to find—or feel—something that can be accepted as unquestionably ‘true’. The mimicking performed by a fake unsettles the boundaries between fact and fiction to reveal a public investment in an undisturbed effect of the real, a willingness to accept a blurring of ‘truth’ in the interests of the sensational experience of literature.
Language eng
Field of Research 200524 Comparative Literature Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2012
Copyright notice ©2012, James Cook University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050103

Document type: Journal Article
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