Still Here: Memoirs of Trauma, Illness and Loss explores the history, ethics, and cross-cultural range of memoirs focusing on illness, death, loss, displacement, and other experiences of trauma. From Walt Whitman’s Civil War diaries to kitchen table survivor-to-survivor storytelling following Hurricane Katrina, from social media posts from a refugee detention centre, to poetry by exiles fleeing war zones, the collection investigates trauma memoir writing as healing, as documentation of suffering and disability, and as political activism. Editors Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles and Sue Joseph have brought together this scholarly collection as a sequel to their earlier Mediating Memory (Routledge 2018), providing a closer look at the specific concerns of trauma memoir, including conflict and intergenerational trauma; the therapeutic potential and risks of trauma life writing; its ethical challenges; and trauma memoir giving voice to minority experiences.

chapter |13 pages


Edited ByBunty Avieson, Fiona Giles, Sue Joseph

part Part I|2 pages


chapter 2|14 pages

Memoir and Mental Disability

A Call to Action
ByIna Seethaler

chapter 3|16 pages

A Memoir on Writing Memoir

Navigating the Past to Find Voice in the Present
ByDanielle Wise

part Part II|2 pages


chapter 4|19 pages

Writing Trauma

The Other Into the Story of the Self
ByAnna Denejkina

chapter 5|14 pages

Modeling the Good Death in Memoir

ByDonna Lee Brien

chapter 6|14 pages

Trauma’s Interior History

Walt Whitman’s Civil War and Sequelae
ByRobert J. Scholnick

part Part III|2 pages


chapter 7|14 pages

Listening with Feeling

Emotional Labour and Digital Storytelling in Dementia Care Education
ByNicole Matthews, Naomi Sunderland

chapter 9|16 pages

Life Writing and Incremental Healing

Word by Word, Year by Year
BySue Joseph

part Part IV|2 pages


chapter 10|15 pages

Investigating Ethics in the Young Widow Memoir

ByKatrin Den Elzen

chapter 11|13 pages

Breaking Conventions, Crossing Genres

Motherhood and Memoir in the Age of Surrogacy
ByEva-Sabine Zehelein

chapter 12|17 pages

‘Spit Us Out Whole’

Voicing the Double Wound in Carol Dine’s Places in the Bone: A Memoir
ByCarolyn Rickett

part Part V|2 pages


chapter 13|15 pages

‘Still Mauled but Constructive New Lives’

Trauma Memoirs in Twentieth-Century American Prison Writing
ByRavi Shankar

chapter 14|14 pages

Becoming Refugee

Poetics and Politics of Representation and Displacement in Refugees’ Poetry
ByKamal Sbiri

chapter 15|17 pages

A Call to Action

Behrouz Boochani’s Manus Island Prison Narratives
ByWilla McDonald