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Buttons: Life Writing from a Small Collection

  • Rachel Robertson Curtin University
Keywords: thing theory, objects, life writing, buttons


This essay explores the role of everyday objects in life writing, using the example of a collection of buttons. Writing as bricoleur, and influenced by thing theory, I follow a digressive path and wonder how key aspects of life writing, such as memory, the body, and identity, are influenced when one writes from and with objects.

Author Biography

Rachel Robertson, Curtin University

Rachel Robertson is senior lecturer and Deputy Head of the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University, Western Australia. She is the author of the memoir Reaching One Thousand and other creative works as well as scholarly publications. Her research interests include life writing, disability studies, creative writing and Australian literature. E-mail:

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