Trauma and discovery

Documenting reclamation
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October 2021, no. 436
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My Body Keeps Your Secrets by Lucia Osborne-Crowley

Allen & Unwin, $29.99 pb, 312 pp

Trauma and discovery

Documenting reclamation
by
October 2021, no. 436

The proliferation of trauma writing in the past few years is a double-edged sword. While giving public voice to subjects once relegated to the dark lessens stigma and creates agency, there is almost an expectation for women writers to reveal or perform their trauma, as well as a risk of exploitation and retraumatisation.

In 2018, Australian-born, London-based journalist and writer Lucia Osborne-Crowley penned an essay called ‘I Choose Elena’. It detailed the writer’s violent rape at the age of fifteen, which set off a chain reaction within her body and mind, culminating in ongoing chronic illness. In 2019, the essay was expanded into a short book of the same name, a meditation on the ways in which institutions systemically fail survivors, the physical manifestations of trauma, and the healing power of literature.

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen reviews 'My Body Keeps Your Secrets' by Lucia Osborne-Crowley

My Body Keeps Your Secrets

by Lucia Osborne-Crowley

Allen & Unwin, $29.99 pb, 312 pp

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