Forensic Narration

  • Johanne Helbo Bøndergaard
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)


Bøndergaard presents a definition of a “forensic” mode in literature in relation to Astrid Erll’s memory modes, arguing that the forensic narrative mode is reflexive but also oriented towards the conflictual nature of history. Bøndergaard proposes Chantal Mouffe’s concept of agonism to describe this political aspect of the mode of remembering elicited by these narratives. Through analyses of Javier Cercas’ The Anatomy of a Moment and Joseph O’Neill’s Blood-Dark Track, Bøndergaard discusses central features of the forensic mode. The analysis of The Anatomy of a Moment, which investigates the Spanish transition to democracy after Francoism, focuses on claim-making and the forum of forensic narratives, while the analysis of Joseph O’Neill’s Blood-Dark Track considers the role of the narrator as investigator and the question of genre.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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