Carrithers - Chapter 03
Testimony is when survivors of traumas tell their story. This text
considers several literary models for approaching how survivors of
historical traumas may give their testimonies. Reading W.G. Sebald and
rethinking his notion of the diff use illuminates what historical
traumas ask of the individual survivor giving testimony and of all
those who seek to respond to survivors' traumas with a narrative.
Applying Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of the dialogic narrative could
assist survivors and those working with them in producing testimonies
that engage the diff use through better embodying the polyphonic,
dialogic, unfinalizable nature of historical traumas.