PopMatters looks at memory and spatialization in Susceptible

“Walking Through the Space of Childhood: Geneviève Castrée's 'Susceptible'” / PopMatters / Shaun Huston / January 6, 2014

Comics and the Visualization of Memory

In Rebcca Solnit’s Wanderlust, the act of walking is considered not only in its literal sense, but also as an act of imagination and memory: “There is a very practical sense in which to trace even an imaginary route is to trace the spirit or thought of what passed there before. At its most casual, this retracing allows unsought memories of events to return as one encounters the sites of those events” (page 76). Encounters with places in the world, whether traversed materially, or through the mind and imagination, prompts remembering, bidden or unbidden. Geneviève Castrée shows this idea of memory as a form of travel, of a walk to and through different places, in constructing her story of childhood in Susceptible.

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