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Aural History

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ISBN: 9781950192670 9781950192687 Year: Pages: 324 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0282.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Psychology --- History
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Aural History is an anti-memoir memoir of encountering devastating grief that uses experimental storytelling to recreate the winding, fractured path of loss and transformation.Written by a thirty-something psychotherapist and queer theorist, Aural History is structured as a sequence of three sections that each use different narrative styles to represent a distinctive stage in the protagonist’s evolving relationship to trauma. Aural History explores how a cascade of self-dissolving losses crisscrosses a girl’s coming of age.Through lyric prose, the first section follows a precocious tomboy whose fierce attachment to her father forces her, when he dies and she is twelve years old, to run the family bakery business, raise a delinquent younger brother, and take care of a destructive, volatile mother.In part two, scenes narrated in the third person illustrate a high-achieving high school student who is articulate and in control except for bouts of sudden and inchoate attractions, the first of which is to her severe and coaxing English teacher.The third story tells of her relation with a riveting, world-famous professor, interspersed with a tragic-comic series of dialogues between the protagonist and a cast of diverse psychotherapists as she, now twenty-five years old and living in New York City, undertakes an odyssey to understand why true self-knowledge remains elusive and her real feelings, choked and incomplete.In what Phillip Lopate calls “an amazing document,” Aural History pushes the narrative conventions of memoir to capture a story the genre of memoir usually struggles to tell: that you can lose yourself, and have no way to know it.

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psychoanalysis --- queer theory --- trauma --- memoir --- therapy --- childhood

The Perfect Mango

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ISBN: 9781950192137 9781950192144 Year: Pages: 156 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0245.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: History
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In 1994, at the age of twenty-five, when the “terrible brokenness that comes with sexual assault” was folded deep within her body and thoughts of suicide were always close by, Erin Manning wrote The Perfect Mango at an almost feverish pitch: nineteen chapters in nineteen days, a sort of self-rescue operation, where writing became a form of making (and feeling) life otherwise. Throughout those nineteen days, and although not able to fully articulate it to herself at the time, Manning wrote her way into a “composition that asks how else life might be lived.” And in the rhythms of that composition, which was also a living, Manning was, and is, able to refuse the category and norm and stillness of “victim” (while still understanding the inheritances of violence) in order to follow instead the more-than-I as well as the joy of the “more-than of experience in the making.” Twenty-five years later, Manning allows these earlier writings to find their way back into the world, which is also a way of giving “voice to those moments of messy survival” while also asking us, who share in (and help to bear) those moments as readers, to consider “other ways of listening to the urgency that is living.” To (re)publish the book now is to give it a place in the world in a way that honors its force as something that is always beyond anyone’s claim to it, even Manning’s. In this sense, The Perfect Mango invites us, with Manning, to be in excess of ourselves, and also to consider, in Manning’s words, “how to create conditions for living beyond humanism’s fierce belief that we, the privileged, the neurotypicals, the as-yet-unscathed, the able-bodied, hold the key to all perspectives in the theatre of living.” Ultimately, The Perfect Mango and Manning’s reflections on its composition ask us to consider living “in the fierce celebration of a world invented by those modes of life which tear at the colonial, white, neurotypical fabric of life as we know it.”

A Manga Perfeita

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ISBN: 9781950192595 9781950192601 Year: Pages: 166 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0270.1.00 Language: Portuguese
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: History
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"In 1994, at the age of twenty
five years old, when the terrible “shattering that comes with the
sexual assault ”doubled deep into her body and thoughts of
suicide were always around, Erin Manning wrote The Perfect Manga on a
 almost feverish state: nineteen chapters in nineteen days, a kind
self-rescue operation where writing has become a way of
make (and feel) life in another way. Over these nineteen days, and
 although not able to fully articulate to herself at the time,
Manning was written inside “a composition that asks what
otherwise life could be lived. ” And in the rhythms of this composition,
which was also a life, Manning was and is able to decline the category and
norm and immobility of the “victim” (while still understanding the inheritances
violence) in order to follow the more-than-myself as well as the
joy of “more than experience”
Twenty-five years
Manning later allows these earlier writings to find their
way around the world, which is a way of giving “voice to these
confused survival times ”while also asking us to
we share (and help support) such moments as readers,
that we consider “other ways of listening to the urgency of living”.
Republishing the book now is giving it a place in the world in a way that
honor your strength as something that is always beyond the claim of
anyone, even from Manning. In this sense, The Perfect Manga invites us, with Manning, to be in excess of ourselves, and also to consider, in Manning's words, “as
 create conditions for living beyond the fierce belief of humanism that
we, the privileged, the neurotypical, the still unscathed, the
capable bodies, is that we hold the key to all perspectives in the
theater of life ”. Finally, Manning Perfect Manga and Manning's reflections on its composition ask us to consider “living
 in the fierce celebration of a world invented by these ways of life that
tear the white, neurotypical colonial fabric of life as the
We know.""

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