1 Scandinavian Institute, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 School of Communication and Culture - Scandinavian Studies, School of Communication and Culture, Arts, Aarhus University3 School of Communication and Culture - Scandinavian Studies, School of Communication and Culture, Arts, Aarhus University
Selvfremstilling, du-fremstilling, og vitnesbyrd
The article discusses Selma Lønning Aarø's first person novel Vill ni åka mera? (2003). The article focuses on the speech act and discusses the relationship between self-presentation, presentation of the narratee, and witnessing. The theoretical basis is taken from Shoshana Felman and Dori Laub's Testimony. Crises of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis, and History (1992) and Jacques Derrida's "Poétique et politique du témoignage" (2004). The article also discusses some aspects of the witnessing-theory and the trauma-theory that is being challenged by the novel, like the significance of talking yourself through your own trauma, the significance of the threshold that makes the witness absent from what he witnesses, how to make a credible witness, and the importance of the narratee. The article also contains a feminist approach to the question of the narrator's ethical obligation towards the narratee.