Publications

On Replacement

Cultural, Social and Psychological Representations (Palgrave, 2018)

edited by Naomi Segal and Jean Owen

This book is an interdisciplinary study of the human drama of replacement. Is one’s irreplaceability dependent on surrounding oneself by a replication of others? Is love intrinsically repetitious or built on a fantasy of uniqueness? The sense that a person’s value is blotted out if someone takes their place can be seen in the serial monogamy of our age and in the lives of ‘replacement children’ – children born into a family that has recently lost a child, whom they may even be named after. The book investigates various forms of replacement, including AI and doubling, incest and bedtricks, imposters and revenants, human rights and ‘surrogacy’, and intertextuality and adaptation. The authors highlight the emotions of betrayal, jealousy and desire both within and across generations. On Replacement consists of 24 essays divided into seven sections: What is replacement?, Law & society, Wayward women, Lost children, Replacement films, The Holocaustand Psychoanalysis. The book will appeal to anyone engaged in reading cultural and social representations of replacement.

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Table of Contents
  • Introduction, Naomi Segal and Jean Owen
  • ‘An eye for an eye’ or ‘a mile to a mile’: versions of replacement
    Segal, Naomi
  • Replacement mothers, bedtricks and daughters out of place
    Owen, Jean
  • Replacement, renewal and redundancy
    Brown, James
  • Lost boys in Little Eyolf
    Gunn, Olivia Noble
  • The Sisters Antipodes: replacement and its ripples of sibling rivalry
    Owen, Jean
  • Artificial intelligence and synthetic humans: loss and replacement
    Panteli, Georgia
  • The metaphysics of replacement in photoplay novels of immigration
    Dalbello, Marija
  • Of ghosts and girls in Ulysses 13
    Grimaldi-Pizzorno, Patrizia
  • Medea: founder member of the first wives’ club
    Hamer, Mary
  • Replacement and genealogy in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea
    Haliloğlu, Nagihan
  • Who is the ‘real’ mother? Replacement and the politics of surrogacy
    Ashenden, Samantha
  • The ethos of replaceability in European human rights law
    Trotter, Sarah
  • Remembering the disappeared in Lita Stantic’s Un muro de silencio
    Ribeiro de Menezes, Alison
  • Deadness, replacement and the divinely new: 45 Years
    Asibong, Andrew
  • ‘She was the most beautiful creature I ever saw’: visualising replacement in Hitchcock’s Rebecca
    Mulvey, Laura
  • Married to the Eiffel Tower: notes on love, loss and replacement
    Piotrowska, Agnieszka
  • ‘That’s my son’: replacement, jealousy and sacrifice in Un Secret
    Segal, Naomi
  • Replacement as personal haunting in recent postmemory works
    Baackmann, Susanne
  • Embodying her ghost: self-replacement in Petzold’s Phoenix
    Loewy, Monika
  • Replacement or ever present: Jerzyk, Irit and Miriam
    Rudolf, Anthony
  • Replacement and reparation in Sarah Polley’s Stories we tell
    Piotrowska, Agnieszka
  • Replacement, objet a and the dynamic of desire/fantasy in Rebecca
    Kohen Raz, Odeya (et al.)
  • Rooms as replacements for people: the consulting room as a room object
    Wright, Deborah

Sanity, Madness and the family – a retrospective

Journal of Psychosocial Studies, Volume 11, Issue 1, April 2018

Guest Editor: Andrew Asibong

Table of Contents
  • Introduction, Andrew Asibong
  • ‘The simple words people speak’, Anthony Stadlen
  • On Sanity, Madness and the Family, Hilary Mantel
  • Madness and the family: the re-emergence of Laingian ideas, Lucy Johnstone
  • Moving on from Laing and Esterson: the politicization of schizophrenia, Suman Fernando
  • Compromised, valuable freedom: flat affect and reserve as psychosocial strategies, Robbie Duschinsky, Daniel Reisel and Moren Nissen
  • Sanity, madness and the psychoanalysts: Laing, Cooper and rivalrous resemblance, Chris Oakley
  • The politics of the family: Laing and Esterson in context, Lynne Segal
  • From In Two Minds to Family Life, Tony Garnett

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Picturing the Family

Media, Narrative, Memory (Bloomsbury, 2018)

edited by Silke Arnold-de Simine and Joanne Leal, Birkbeck, University of London

Whether pasted into an album, framed or shared on social media, the family photograph simultaneously offers a private and public insight into the identity and past of its subject. Long considered a model for understanding individual identity, the idea of the family has increasingly formed the basis for exploring collective pasts and cultural memory. Picturing the Family investigates how visual representations of the family reveal both personal and shared histories, evaluating the testimonial and social value of photography and film.

Combining academic and creative, practice-based approaches, this collection of essays introduces a dialogue between scholars and artists working at the intersection between family, memory and visual media. Many of the authors are both researchers and practitioners, whose chapters engage with their own work and that of others, informed by critical frameworks. From the act of revisiting old, personal photographs to the sale of family albums through internet auction, the twelve chapters each present a different collection of photographs or artwork as case studies for understanding how these visual representations of the family perform memory and identity. Building on extensive research into family photographs and memory, the book considers the implications of new cultural forms for how the family is perceived and how we relate to the past. While focusing on the forms of visual representation, above all photographs, the authors also reflect on the contextualization and ‘remediation’ of photography in albums, films, museums and online.

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Table of contents

Introduction Silke Arnold-de Simine and Joanne Leal

1. That Other Woman: the woman who accompanied the Cold War Tourist to Paris Martha Langford

2. Memory, subjectivity and maternal histories in Un’Ora Sola Ti Vorrei (2005), Histoire d’un Secret (2003) and On the Border (2012) Lizzie Thynne

3. Soviet heroes and Jewish victims: One family’s memories of World War II Oksana Sarkisova and Olga Shevchenko

4. Visual meditations: An island in time – (re)interpreting family albums and oral histories Suze Adams

5. Performing familial memory in Against Sally Waterman

6. In and out of focus: Visualising loss through the family album Jacqueline Butler

7. The (re)constructed self in the safe space of the family photograph: Chino Otsuka’s Imagine finding me (2005) Deborah Schultz

8. A place for memory: Family photo collections, social media and the imaginative reconstruction of the working class neighbourhood Richard Lowell MacDonald

9. Wanted – new custodians for family photographs: Vernacular photographs on eBay and the album as artwork Nicky Bird

10. Dislocating memory: Family photographs in story-centred museums Silke Arnold-de Simine


Flaubert, Beckett, NDiaye

The Aesthetics, Emotions and Politics of Failure (Brill, 2017)

edited by Andrew Asibong, Birkbeck, University of London, and Aude Campmas, University of Southampton

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Table of contents

  • Introduction, Andrew Asibong and Aude Campmas
  • Echoes of Terence: ‘Rien d’humain’ in the friends and neighbours of Flaubert, Beckett and NDiaye, Arthur Rose
  • Que prouve un insuccès?’ Re-cycling failure in Flaubert and Beckett, Kate Rees
  • Lieux communs en héritage: de Flaubert à Marie NDiaye, de quoi sont-ils le nom?, Chloé Brendlé
  • L’idiotie en famille: Rhétorique et politique de l’idiot chez Flaubert et Beckett, Marie Berne
  • ‘May I be alive when I die!’ Dreaming of (re)animation in Flaubert, Beckett and NDiaye, Andrew Asibong
  • Objet petit ‘Ah!’: backstory dramas and sentimental histories in Flaubert’s L’Education sentimentale and Beckett’s La Dernière Bande, Mary Orr
  • Failure and impure narcissism in Oh les beaux jours and ‘Une journée de Brulard’, William McKenzie
  • From paradox to excess: Flaubert’s Bouvard et Pécuchet and Beckett’s L’Innommable, Tobias Haberkorn
  • L’échec comme attaque: les romans clastiques de Gustave Flaubert et Marie Ndiaye, Aude Campmas