Written in the spirit of Maggie Nelson's “autotheory,” this essay takes up José Esteban Muñoz's notion of “ephemera as evidence” to explore how the body-as-object (i.e., the body-as-book) might reformulate understandings of materiality as an ephemerality of “traces, glimmers, residues, and specks of things.” Bodies-as-books are distinctly material, though not always solid, and can be written and read as artifact-ephemera that end but do not disappear.
(On the) Body as Book
Anne M. Harris is Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow in the School of Education at RMIT University. Correspondence to: Anne M. Harris, School of Education, RMIT University, 80–92 Victoria Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The authors wish to thank Devika Chawla and Jillian Ann Tullis for their encouragement and support of this special section of Departures in Critical Qualitative Research and this work.
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Stacy Holman Jones, Anne M. Harris; (On the) Body as Book. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2019; 8 (3): 76–82. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.3.76
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