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Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 Secrets and ‘Eloquent Episodes’ : The Power of Telling the Buried Story
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'There is often a moment or moments during an interview where a subject's deeply personal experience intersects with the narrative process; 'an eloquent episode' on which the central significance of an entire story resonates. Drawing on a sequence of interviews with subjects telling deeply hidden, long held secrets, this paper will examine a series of micro moments within each account, both for their narrative power as well as their fundamental consequence to the narrative or macro process. Many of the buried stories in this paper are of traumatic memory, circulating around sexuality, or sexual and violent secrets. Attendant to this is the ethical management of such moments at the time of interview, as well as their subsequent reduction to written words by the interviewer. Incorporating a reflective practice into the text in combination with the undertaking of an ethical practice is an attempt to increase the power of the story. By focusing on 'the eloquent episode' or micro moment, and expanding its bounds, it is the intention of this paper to highlight it as a literary device that reinforces the power of the telling of the story, authenticating not just the voice of the primary storyteller but the narrative.' (Author's abstract)


  • Epigraph: Truth, lodged in our most secret nature, demands only to surface; that if it fails to do so, this is because a constraint holds it in place, the violence of a power weighs it down, and it can only finally be articulated at the price of a kind of liberation – Michel Foucault (1976: 60)

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