Forensic Memory

Literature after Testimony

  • Johanne Helbo Bøndergaard

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Johanne Helbo Bøndergaard
    Pages 1-46
  3. Johanne Helbo Bøndergaard
    Pages 47-112
  4. Johanne Helbo Bøndergaard
    Pages 113-166
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  6. Johanne Helbo Bøndergaard
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 227-242

About this book


This book describes and analyses a particular literary mode that challenges the aesthetics of testimony by approaching the past through detection, analysis, and ‘archaeological’ digging. How does forensic literature narrate the past in terms of plot, language, narration, and use of visual media? This volume examines how forensic literature provides an important corrective to the forensic paradigm and a means of exploring the relationship between visual and material evidence and various forms of testimony. This literary engagement with the past is investigated in order to challenge a forensic paradigm that aims to eliminate the problems related to human testimony through scientific objectivity, resulting in a fresh and original text in which Bøndergaard argues literature’s potential to explore the mechanisms of representation, interpretation, and narration.


forensic practices testimony forensic literature historical conflict memory archives trauma

Authors and affiliations

  • Johanne Helbo Bøndergaard
    • 1
  1. 1.Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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