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Lia Brozgal and Sara Kippur

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382639

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.001.0001

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A Nest in the Air

A Nest in the Air

Phantom Pain and Contemporary Narrative

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(p.349) Chapter Twenty-One A Nest in the Air
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Being Contemporary
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Emmanuel Bouju

, Jane Kuntz
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0022

‘A Nest in the Air: Phantom Pain and Contemporary Narrative’, written by Emmanuel Bouju, is the first in the ‘Memory: Past and Future’ section, and provides a study on the intersection of new narrative and contemporary medical theories. Bouju’s essay posits contemporary European novels about loss and trauma as textual iterations of the ‘mirror-box’— a contraption designed by neuroscience researchers in order to permit amputees to visualize their missing limb through specular inversion, thus attenuating pain by imaginary muscular exercise of the phantom limb. Similarly, for Bouju, the ‘mirror-box of fiction’ allows for a certain form of ‘resolution, through make-believe, of the intractable problem of representation.’

Keywords:   French and Francophone Studies, Literary Theory, Literary Criticism, European Literature, French Literature, French Culture, Cultural Studies, European Studies

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