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Kella, Elizabeth
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Kella, L. (2020). White Fragility and the Grotesque in Joyce Carol Oates’s Black Girl/White Girl. In: Amelie Björck, Eva Jonsson, Claudia Lindén & Mattias Pirholt (Ed.), Kulturmöten: En festskrift till Christine Farhan (pp. 155-175). Huddinge: Södertörns högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>White Fragility and the Grotesque in Joyce Carol Oates’s Black Girl/White Girl
2020 (English)In: Kulturmöten: En festskrift till Christine Farhan / [ed] Amelie Björck, Eva Jonsson, Claudia Lindén & Mattias Pirholt, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2020, p. 155-175Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2020
National Category
General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40627 (URN)978-91-88663-92-4 (ISBN)978-91-88663-93-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-05-05 Created: 2020-05-05 Last updated: 2020-05-06Bibliographically approved
Kella, E. & Henriksson, H. W. (2019). Från Gästredaktionen: Abort och Reproduktiva Val. Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, 40(3-4), 3-9
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Från Gästredaktionen: Abort och Reproduktiva Val
2019 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, E-ISSN 2001-1377, Vol. 40, no 3-4, p. 3-9Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Föreningen Tidskrift för genusvetenskap, 2019
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Other research area
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40066 (URN)
Available from: 2020-02-02 Created: 2020-02-02 Last updated: 2020-03-19Bibliographically approved
Kella, E. (2019). Suspect Survival: Matrophobia in Postmemory Generational Writing. American, British and Canadian Studies, 33, 89-117
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Suspect Survival: Matrophobia in Postmemory Generational Writing
2019 (English)In: American, British and Canadian Studies, ISSN 1841-1487, E-ISSN 1841-964X, Vol. 33, p. 89-117Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Family and kinship carry special significance to Holocaust survivors and their descendants. In autobiographies and family memoirs, writers of what Marianne Hirsch terms the postmemory generation employ different narrative strategies for coming to terms with the ways in which the Holocaust has marked their identities and family ties. This article focuses on women’s writing of the postmemory generation, examining three works in English by daughters of survivors in the UK, the US, and Canada, written during the 1990s. It investigates the narrative strategies used by Anne Karpf, Helen Fremont, and Lisa Appignanesi to represent maternal sexual agency and vulnerability in a survival context. It suggests that these representations are strongly influenced by matrophobia and matrophilia, defined as the conflicting dread of becoming and desire to be one’s mother, which are themselves strongly conditioned by Holocaust history, particularly the gendered history of vulnerability among women in open hiding during the war.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sibiu, Romania: Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, 2019
Keywords
postmemory, second generation, memoir, autobiography, mother-daughter relations, Lisa Appignanesi, Helen Fremont, Anne Karpf, Holocaust, sexuality
National Category
Specific Literatures
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40067 (URN)10.2478/abcsj-2019-0017 (DOI)2-s2.0-85078456573 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 31/2015
Available from: 2020-02-02 Created: 2020-02-02 Last updated: 2020-02-14Bibliographically approved
Kella, E. & Henriksson, H. W. (Eds.). (2019). Tidskrift för genusvetenskap: Abort och reproduktiva val (40 (3-4)ed.). Uppsala: Uppsala universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tidskrift för genusvetenskap: Abort och reproduktiva val
2019 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

Denna specialnummer av Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap handlar om abort och reproduktiva val. Den innehåller en inledning av gästredaktörerna och 6 vetenskapliga artiklar som belyser ämnet från olika feministiska perspektiv. Den innehåller dessutom en diskussion kring "det kvinnliga ansvaret", samt bokrescensioner och inlägg från Sveriges genusforskarförbund.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2019. p. 175 Edition: 40 (3-4)
Keywords
genus, feminism, abort, barnmorskor, svensk litteratur, moderskap, reproduktiv styrning, folkhemmet
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40065 (URN)
Available from: 2020-02-02 Created: 2020-02-02 Last updated: 2020-02-21Bibliographically approved
Kella, E. (2018). Matrophobia and Uncanny Kinship: Eva Hoffman’s The Secret. Humanities, 7(4), Article ID 122.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Matrophobia and Uncanny Kinship: Eva Hoffman’s The Secret
2018 (English)In: Humanities, ISSN 2076-0787, Vol. 7, no 4, article id 122Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Eva Hoffman, known primarily for her autobiography of exile, Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language (1989), is also the author of a work of Gothic science fiction, set in the future. The Secret: A Fable for our Time (2001) is narrated by a human clone, whose discovery that she is the “monstrous” cloned offspring of a single mother emerges with growing discomfort at the uncanny similarities and tight bonds between her and her mother. This article places Hoffman’s use of the uncanny in relation to her understanding of Holocaust history and the condition of the postmemory generation. Relying on Freud’s definition of the uncanny as being “both very alien and deeply familiar,” she insists that “the second generation has grown up with the uncanny.” In The Secret, growing up with the uncanny leads to matrophobia, a strong dread of becoming one’s mother. This article draws on theoretical work by Adrienne Rich and Deborah D. Rogers to argue that the novel brings to “the matrophobic Gothic” specific insights into the uncanniness of second-generation experiences of kinship, particularly kinship between survivor mothers and their daughters.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2018
Keywords
postmemory; matrophobic gothic; gothic science fiction; memory; mother-daughter relations; Holocaust history; second generation; survivor mothers; daughters of survivors, gotik, minne, mor-dotter relationer, andra generation, förintelsen
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36796 (URN)10.3390/h7040122 (DOI)2015/3.1./1364 (Local ID)2015/3.1./1364 (Archive number)2015/3.1./1364 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 31/2015
Available from: 2018-11-21 Created: 2018-11-21 Last updated: 2020-03-31Bibliographically approved
Kella, E. (2018). Postmemory and Copresence in Lisa Appignanesi and Emilia Degenius: Life Writing of the Polish Diaspora. In: Regian Rudaityte (Ed.), History, Memory and Nostalgia in Literature and Culture: (pp. 136-156). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Postmemory and Copresence in Lisa Appignanesi and Emilia Degenius: Life Writing of the Polish Diaspora
2018 (English)In: History, Memory and Nostalgia in Literature and Culture / [ed] Regian Rudaityte, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018, p. 136-156Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018
Keywords
second generation, autobiography, family memoir, diaspora, testimony, witnessing, empathy, Swedish literature
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34943 (URN)2015/3.1./1364 (Local ID)978-1-5275-0876-7 (ISBN)2015/3.1./1364 (Archive number)2015/3.1./1364 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 31/2015
Available from: 2018-05-04 Created: 2018-05-04 Last updated: 2020-03-11Bibliographically approved
Kella, E. (2018). Review of Gymnich, Marion, Barbara Puschmann-Nalenz, Gerold Sedlmayr, and Dirk Vanderbeke (eds.) 2018. The Orphan in Fiction and Comics Since the 19th Century. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Review]. Nordic Journal of English Studies, 17(2), 243-246
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of Gymnich, Marion, Barbara Puschmann-Nalenz, Gerold Sedlmayr, and Dirk Vanderbeke (eds.) 2018. The Orphan in Fiction and Comics Since the 19th Century. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
2018 (English)In: Nordic Journal of English Studies, ISSN 1654-6970, E-ISSN 1654-6970, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 243-246Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Keywords
childhood studies, functional orphan, British literature, Victorian literature, Postcolonial literature, American literature, comics, graphic novels
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37147 (URN)
Available from: 2019-01-02 Created: 2019-01-02 Last updated: 2019-01-03Bibliographically approved
Kella, E. (2018). Review of Mark Shackleton, ed. International Adoption in North American Literature and Culture: Transnational, Transracial, and Transcultural Narratives [Review]. American Studies in Scandinavia, 50(1), 181-184
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of Mark Shackleton, ed. International Adoption in North American Literature and Culture: Transnational, Transracial, and Transcultural Narratives
2018 (English)In: American Studies in Scandinavia, ISSN 0044-8060, Vol. 50, no 1, p. 181-184Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34931 (URN)000431283900016 ()
Available from: 2018-05-04 Created: 2018-05-04 Last updated: 2018-05-25Bibliographically approved
Kella, L. (2017). Matrophobia and Uncanny Kinship: Eva Hoffman's The Secret. In: : . Paper presented at The Uncanny in Language, Literature and Culture International Conference arranged by the London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and the Interdisciplinary Research Foundation, 19 August 2017, London..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Matrophobia and Uncanny Kinship: Eva Hoffman's The Secret
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Eva Hoffman is not known for her speculations about the future, but for her engagement with the past. Her autobiography, Lost in Translation (1989), accounts for her personal history as a post-war Polish emigrant to Canada and the US, and her major works of non-fiction examine different aspects of Eastern European and Jewish history. Hoffman repeatedly connects the experiences of the postmemory generation (Hirsch), of children of Holocaust survivors such as herself, with the uncanny. As she explains, “this is . . . the second generation’s difficulty: that it has inherited not experiences, but its shadows. The uncanny, in Freud’s formulation, is the sensation of something that is both very alien and deeply familiar, something that only the unconscious knows. If so, then the second generation has grown up with the uncanny” (ASK 66).

This paper explores the uncanny in Hoffman’s little known work of Gothic science fiction (Wasson and Alder), The Secret: A Fable for our Time (2001). The protagonist, Iris, retrospectively narrates her coming-of-age from the vantage of the not-too-distant future of 2025. In The Secret, cloning is a practicable but somewhat disparaged mode of human reproduction, and Iris, the narrator, is the “monstrous” cloned offspring of her single mother. As Iris grows into adulthood, the uncanny similarities and tight bonds between her and her mother lead Iris to develop matrophobia, a strong dread of becoming her mother (Sukenick, Rich). Hoffman’s novel can thus be understood in terms of “the matrophobic Gothic” (Rogers), but, I argue, it also modifies this genre by bringing to it insights into the uncanniness of second-generation experiences of mother-daughter kinship.

Keywords
Hoffman, uncanny, science fiction, clone, post-war fiction
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33406 (URN)
Conference
The Uncanny in Language, Literature and Culture International Conference arranged by the London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and the Interdisciplinary Research Foundation, 19 August 2017, London.
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 31/2015
Available from: 2017-09-15 Created: 2017-09-15 Last updated: 2020-03-11Bibliographically approved
Kella, E. (2016). Discovering the Past? Memory, Postmemory, and Affect in Autobiographies by Emilia Degenius and Lisa Appignanesi. In: : . Paper presented at "Excavating Lives," International Association for Biography and Autobiography, World Conference. University of Cyprus, May 26-29, 2016..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Discovering the Past? Memory, Postmemory, and Affect in Autobiographies by Emilia Degenius and Lisa Appignanesi
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The concept of postmemory has been advanced to account for some of the ways that the strong cultural and individual memories of trauma survivors impact on members of the next generation: their children. According to Marianne Hirsch (1997, 2012), post-memory generations have a special tie to history, which they “remember” through emotional and imaginative investment in the memories of others, whose stories, photographs, and day-to-day actions impart a strong sense of the life-changing, often life-threatening, circumstances they have lived through.

In this paper, I explore the relevance and possible limitations of the concept of postmemory for two auto/biographical works written by women of the Polish diaspora: Losing the Dead (2006) by Lisa Appignanesi and Åka Skridskor I Warszawa (Ice-skating in Warsaw) (2014) by Emilia Degenius. Born about 10 years apart (1946 and 1955), the two writers have some similarities, including Jewish backgrounds, parental and personal experiences of anti-Semitism, and emigration from post-war Poland with subsequent fraught relations to the Polish language. Appignanesi, writing in English, has become a cultural commentator and author with an interest in memory and psychoanalysis. Degenius immigrated alone to Sweden in 1972, where she joined her sister, and she has become a practicing psychoanalyst and author of two autobiographical works in Swedish.

The narratives of these women writers of the Polish diaspora straddle genres of autobiography, biography, family history, fiction, and memoir. In each account, the relationship to parental figures is of central importance. They each have double narrative strands, one that reconstructs the childhood past through the excavation of memory, and one that figures the adult narrator’s attempts to understand the past through return journeys to Poland, documentation, and interaction. I examine the texts’ formal and thematic characteristics in relation to postmemory.

Keywords
postmemory, exile, migration, immigration, Polish diaspora
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-30258 (URN)
Conference
"Excavating Lives," International Association for Biography and Autobiography, World Conference. University of Cyprus, May 26-29, 2016.
Projects
Södertörn Sabbatical
Available from: 2016-06-10 Created: 2016-06-10 Last updated: 2016-06-16Bibliographically approved
Projects
Remembering Poland and Eastern Europe: Nostalgia, Memory, and Affect in Diasporic Women’s Writing [31/2015_OSS]; Södertörn University; Publications
Kella, E. (2019). Suspect Survival: Matrophobia in Postmemory Generational Writing. American, British and Canadian Studies, 33, 89-117Kella, E. (2018). Matrophobia and Uncanny Kinship: Eva Hoffman’s The Secret. Humanities, 7(4), Article ID 122. Kella, E. (2018). Postmemory and Copresence in Lisa Appignanesi and Emilia Degenius: Life Writing of the Polish Diaspora. In: Regian Rudaityte (Ed.), History, Memory and Nostalgia in Literature and Culture: (pp. 136-156). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars PublishingKella, L. (2017). Matrophobia and Uncanny Kinship: Eva Hoffman's The Secret. In: : . Paper presented at The Uncanny in Language, Literature and Culture International Conference arranged by the London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and the Interdisciplinary Research Foundation, 19 August 2017, London..
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