Rūta Šlapkauskaitė's research while affiliated with Vilnius University and other places

Publications (8)

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This paper engages Cathy Caruth’s thinking about trauma, Marianne Hirsch’s notion of postmemory, and Giorgio Agamben’s theorising of bearing witness to examine the affective performance of remembering in Richard Flanagan’s novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Reading the narrative as a postmemorial account of Japan’s internment of Australian PO...
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The publication of Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black has placed the novel among other works of history and art, which recall the material and epistemic violence of institutional racism and the lasting trauma of its legacy. Thus by interlacing, within the context of black critical theory, Yogita Goyal’s and Laura T. Murphy’s examining of the neo-slave...
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This article employs Christine L. Marran’s notion of “obligate storytelling” to examine the poetic structures of vulnerability in Canadian author Claire Cameron’s novel The Last Neanderthal (2017). The theoretical backbone of ideas on the materiality of being suggested by Judith Butler, Donna Haraway, Erinn C. Gilson, and Matt Edgeworth, among othe...
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This paper considers how Emma Donoghue’s novel The Wonder addresses the historical phenomenon of “fasting girls”. Premised on the idea of the body as a condition for exposure, my reading of the narrative is organised around the affective ties that bring into relief the ethical salience of vulnerability highlighted in the figure of the female faster...
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The present paper examines the tropological significance of miniature figures in Jessie Burton’s novel The Miniaturist. By highlighting the ways in which the narrative’s figural system negotiates the structural and conceptual dichotomies of human/doll, object/thing, interiority/exteriority, authenticity/artificiality, and mobility/stasis, this read...
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This paper considers how Frances Itani’s Deafening imaginatively rethinks our understanding of the Great War in the age of postmemory. Seeing as the novel is set in Canada and Europe during the First World War and takes as its protagonist a deaf woman, the poetic attention given to the senses as a horizon of phenomenological experience magnifies th...
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Guided by J acques Derrida’s observations about the aporetic logic of the archive, this reading of Pe ter Carey’s novel The Chemistry of Tears (2012) relies on contemporary philosophical discourse about the human-thing interface to examine the correlations between pra ctices of mourning, memory, and museology as unfolded in the narrative. The centr...
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The present paper uses Liliane Louvel’s notion of the iconotext, as examined in her Poetics of the Iconotext (2011), to consider the semiotic intersections of verbal and visual art in David Dabydeen’s poem turner. Given Dabydeen’s emphatic concern for the ideological construction of sight, this reading of the poem looks at how the visual economy of...