European Journal of Life Writing




Europe and Refugees: Transformed Together



The refugee crisis facing Europe involves millions of people in dangerous forms of transit. Displaced, dispossessed and traumatised, refugees leave behind lives they know to face uncertain futures. Media reports refer to ‘waves’ of people arriving: in this sea of troubles, many have stories to tell. The European Journal of Life Writing offers links below to access some of those stories: please contact us to add to what we hope is both an archive and a catalyst for action.

From a life writing perspective, these stories raise urgent questions.

What forms of listening are meaningful to those telling? What pressures on identity do refugee experiences foreground? What influences affect refugee stories – often shaped in relation to digital impressions about destinations - and what must refugees navigate in order to reach safety? What languages, literal and figurative, affect their transition from one life to another? How can the academic community help narratives and personal accounts from becoming stereotypes? How does the verbal and visual language around refugees contribute to their difficulties?

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Vol 4 (2015)

Table of Contents


Writing European Lives. Stefan Zweig as a Biographer of Verhaeren, Rolland and Erasmus PDF HTML
Marleen Rensen 1-29
How Do Diaries Begin? The Narrative Rites of Adolescent Diaries in Hungary PDF HTML
Gergely Kunt 30-55
“I did not mean to make away with the child, I did not know what I was about”: Autobiographical Traces of Infanticide in Eighteenth-Century Trial Records PDF HTML
Sonja Boon 56-76

Beyond the Subject. Vienna Conference Papers

Beyond the Subject. New Developments in Life Writing PDF HTML
Tobias Heinrich, Monica Soeting VCi-VCiii
From Diaries to Blogs: Cultural and Political Networking in Russian Autobiographical Practice. PDF HTML
Tatiana Saburova, Natalia Rodigina VC1-VC16
I Problems; Blindness and Autobiography PDF HTML
Dennis Schep VC17-VC35
Eschewing the First Person: Post-Subjective Autobiography in Hubert Fichte and his Geschichte der Empfindlichkeit / History of Sensitivity PDF HTML
Robert Gillett VC37-VC55
Beyond the Subject: Anglo-American Slave Narratives in the Netherlands, 1789-2013 PDF HTML
Marijke Huisman VC56-VC84
Celebrity, Scriptedness and Alleged Sexual Violence in Ghost-Written Autobiographies by Julian Assange and Samantha Geimer PDF HTML
Edward Saunders VC85-VC107
Re-imagining a Nation: The Australian Dictionary of Biography Online PDF HTML
Paul Longley Arthur VC108-VC124

Teaching Life Writing Texts in Europe

Teaching Life Writing Texts in Europe PDF HTML
Dennis Kersten, Anne-Marie Mreijen TLi-TLiii
Memory to Ink: Autobiography Project in Portugal PDF HTML
Marilyn S Zucker TL1-TL12
A Postcolonial Education: Using End of Empire Autobiographies to Introduce Postcolonial Studies PDF HTML
Astrid Rasch TL13-TL22

Creative Matters

‘Dozens who thought they knew her’: Finding Vivian Maier? PDF HTML
Clare Brant C1-C6
Waving at Soldiers PDF HTML
Heather Richardson C7-C18
Skin Stories & Skin Portraits PDF HTML
Tanny Dobbelaar C19-C34
Romania by Taxi. A Play. PDF HTML
Domnica Radulescu C35-C60

Reviews and Reports

‘Inaccurate but Truthful’: Q&A with Screenwriter Peter Morgan PDF HTML
Julia Lajta-Novak, Werner Huber R1-R15
Europe’s Treasure Hunters. The Founding of a Network of European Diary Archives and Collections PDF HTML
Philippe Lejeune R16-R18
Life Writing in the Netherlands PDF HTML
Marijke Huisman R19-R26
Review of Mapping the 'I' PDF HTML
Sarah Herbe R27-R30