Moonscapes and Mallee Scrub: Remembering Remembering

Andrew Miller

Abstract


Many 'life writers' in the twenty-first century are turning to digital platforms to tell their stories. Some life writers are combining 'prose' and 'visual elements' to expand their meaning-making capabilities beyond traditional narrative.

In Moonscapes and Mallee Scrub I have turned to the visual to tell the story of my mother's mysterious death in 1974. This text draws upon multimodal elements and a range of different texts to form a 'graphic-memoir-bricolage' designed for online viewing. The resulting 'visual-verbal' text explores both the events that took place and the difficulties of depicting reflections on earlier reflections in the telling of that story. What results is a complex multimodal text that raises as many questions as it offers answers. But this, in the end, is the nature of memory and memoir - at least for this author!


Keywords


Life writing; graphic memoir; bricolage

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5463/ejlw.2.73

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European Journal of Life Writing - ISSN 1876-8156 - is an open access initiative supported by the VU University Library.