A very consistent part of my research aims at investigating the rendition of the prison-space in Liao Yiwu’s prison writings.

During the colloquium I will focus on Liao’s prison memoir, Liu Si: Wo de Zhengci六四我的证词 (June Fourth: My Testimony).

More specifically, I will look into the relation of the body of the prisoner with its surrounding environment, drawing a preliminary outline of the ways and modes the prison-space is narrated and what it symbolizes. Finally, I will delve into the meaningfulness of the act of writing as a means of coming to terms with traumatic experiences; i.e., how a physical space of pain and fear can eventually transform into a narrative space of survival, testimony and dissidence.

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