The Powers of Vulnerability: The Restorative Uses of Elegy

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Abstract

This chapter addresses the ethical and aesthetic values of the literary presentation of vulnerability, as regards both its content and its form. It does so by working with trauma theory and criticism and by concentrating on three contemporary British novels in turn, namely Quilt by Nicholas Royle, The Gathering by Anne Enright and Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor. The chapter analyses the time-honoured genre of elegy demonstrated in these works and its versatility, by focusing respectively on the ethics of melancholia, mourning as performance and the politics of relationality. Overall, it contributes to developing the critical field of the ethical and political uses of vulnerability.

Keywords

Elegy Melancholia Performance Relationality Vulnerability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Univ Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA EA741MontpellierFrance

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