Marisa Parham

Two memory and migration posts + Culbertson

Posted by on Sep 28 2010, in archive-me

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kirlian photo of flowers

electophotography of flowers

Hello Fall 10-ers! I have two older posts that you might find interesting. They both have to do with questions of identity and language, and how the question of subjecthood, and of one’s subjecthood as having a beginning that is not quite at “birth.” In our conversation about Roberta Culbertson we sort of came at this question from the backend, in thinking about the death of the self, the self in relation to pain, and so on.

(By the way: If you want to look at it, I’ve actually written on Culbertson in relation to Octavia Butler’s novel Kindred. I am sure several of you have read the novel and will find the article interesting. It’s also written for people who haven’t read the novel, so others might still find it interesting as well. Click here to read it online.)

Here are the posts:

  • The first post begins with the etymology for “infant,” but also looks at a few articles that map the word/concept at different historical moments. Some interesting archival stuff!
  • The second post offers an article on the whole memory/language debate. Such interesting stuff!

Oh, and by the way, the photo on this post is a kirlian photograph, a type of photography, electrophotography, mentioned by Linda Hogan in The Woman Who Watches Over the World.

And, oh, by the way again, I just caught a post on one of Passing’s blogs, which mentions Butler’s Kindred and that also includes a description of the book!

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