Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Echo in Three Acts: The Lost Historical Subject in (Dis)articulation
by Johnston, James Slayton, III, M.A., The George Washington University, 2017, 74; 10276229
Abstract (Summary)

This essay attempts to formulate a phenomenological conception of the subaltern historical figure that has been absented from archives of state violence. In order to do so, a reading of the myth of Echo is placed alongside Saidiya Hartman's work on Venus' presence in the archive of the Atlantic Slave Trade to argue for a shift to consider "echo" as a notion of subjectivity that encompasses the dilemmas that Hartman lays out. In shifting to read the lost subaltern historical figure through this mythos, this essay argues that we revisit and expand on the concerns of speaking for others by understanding the articulation of subjectivity at the moment of disarticulation, or in the break. Through this framework, the essay turns to consider the productivity of grief as a politic and applies the considerations to the Brazilian National Truth Commission.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Riedner, Rachel C.
School: The George Washington University
Department: Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Ethics, Womens studies, Rhetoric
Keywords: Brazil, Echo, Grief, Historiography, Subaltern, Subjectivity
Publication Number: 10276229
ISBN: 9780355026757
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