Telling a Little, Telling a Lot. Perspectives on Genre and Tellability in Testimonies of Rape

Sofia Wanström (Åbo Akademi University)

This paper presents the scope of tellability afforded to writers in a Finland-Swedish #MeToo campaign for narrating experiences of rape. By perceiving the campaign as a space of increased tellability, the paper examines how the women who testified used this space to present long testimonies with multiple experiences—but also to be brief, evasive, and refrain from telling. Starting from genre and narrative structure, the paper focuses on two examples: experience-stringing and story signifier. The former refers to when a writer presents many experiences with little or no connection, and the latter to when an experience is merely mentioned.

Part of 03-02 Telling Their Truths: The Power of Women's Personal Experience Narratives, Thursday, November 02, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm