”Where should you start?”–Tellability of Experiences of Rape within a Finland-Swedish MeToo Campaign

Sofia Wanström (Åbo Akademi University)

This paper presents how women of the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland perform narratives of rape within the local MeToo campaign, Dammen brister. With a focus on the limitations (and possibilities) of tellability, the paper considers how the women testifying used this space to be creative, thorough, or detailed, but also to refrain from telling. Starting from genre and narrative strategies, the paper centers around two examples; experience-stringing and story signifier. The former referring to when a writer presents many experiences with little or no connection, and the latter to when an experience is merely mentioned.

Part of 05-08 Sounding Board I, Friday, October 14, 10:30 am–12:30 pm