(On the) body as book

Stacy Holman Jones, Anne M. Harris

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Written in the spirit of Maggie Nelson's "autotheory,"this essay takes up José Esteban Muñoz's notion of "ephemera as evidence" to explore how the body-as-object (i.e., the body-as-book) might reformulate understandings of materiality as an ephemerality of "traces, glimmers, residues, and specks of things."Bodies-as-books are distinctly material, though not always solid, and can be written and read as artifact-ephemera that end but do not disappear.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-82
Number of pages7
JournalDepartures in Critical Qualitative Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019


  • Affect
  • Autotheory
  • Ephemera as evidence
  • New materialism
  • Posthumanism

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