‘The Bodies that Remain’ – Featuring Dr Sharon Kivland

Book image - The Bodies that Remain
Title:The Bodies That Remain
Publisher: Punctum Books
Emmy Beber
ContributorsHarman Bains, Phoebe Blatton, Uma Breakdown, Kevin Breathnach, Mairead Case, Susanna Davies-Crook, Karen Di Franco, Chloé Griffin, Philip Hoare, Travis Jeppesen, Sharon Kivland, Emily LaBarge, Jeremy Millar, Heather Phillipson, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, Claire Potter, David Rule, Tai Shani, Linda Stupart, Lynne Tillman
Publication date:October 2018
Print ISBN:13: 978-1-947447-67-7
Format: 127mm x 203mm, illustrated paperbound & e-book
Number of pages:306

The Bodies That Remain is a collection of bodies and absences.

Through biography, experimental essay, interview, fictional manifestation, and poetic extraction, The Bodies That Remain is a collection of texts and images on the bodies of artists and writers who battled with the frustration of their own physicality and whose work reckoned with these limitations and continued beyond them.

The essays in The Bodies That Remain look back at how the identities of these bodies were shaped by the spaces around them, through the retelling of memory, through stories told by others, of how their work, processed by theirbody, made it possible for others to experience sensations – mourning, desire, or a nostalgia that could not belong to another, to another’s body – and in capturing this ability, their work confirms the body’s urgency.

Amongst others, The Bodies That Remain tells the story of Emily Dickinson’s decay, the missing grave of Valeska Gert, the voice and sound of the body of Judee Sill, and the derailed body (and work) of Jane Bowles. It questions the absent body but broken organs of JT Leroy as they find themselves scattered across texts, and also interrogates the loss of distinction of illness for Jules de Goncourt as syphilis riddled his nervous system. It retrieves the illusory body of Kathy Acker through dream and through horror, sees the morphing body of Michael Jackson in becoming all of the bodies he was asked to be, and looks toward Sylvia Plath and the language of her own body.

Where ‘body’ as a verb makes material something abstract, The Bodies That Remain, as a collection, became bodily.

Contributions include texts and images by: Lynne Tillman (on Jane Bowles), David Rule (on Michael Jackson), Mairead Case (on Judee Sill), Claire Potter (on the Lads of Aran), Jeremy Millar (on Emily Dickinson), Chloé Griffin (on Valeska Gert), Phoebe Blatton (on Brigid Brophy), Susanna Davies-Crook (on Sarah Kane), Travis Jeppensen (on Gary Sullivan), Karen Di Franco (on Mary Butts), Tai Shani (on Mnemesoid), Philip Hoare (on Denton Welch), Heather Phillipson (on a dead dog), Uma Breakdown (on Guage Fanfic), Linda Stuppart (on Kathy Acker), Sharon Kivland (on Jacques Lacan), Harman Bains (on Wilhelm Reich), Pil & Galia Kollectiv (JT Leroy), Kevin Breathnach (on Jules de Goncourt), and Emily LaBarge (on Sylvia Plath).

Emmy Beber is a writer, editor and teacher in London. She performs as part of the collective and band WE with Pil and Galia Kollectiv and Victor Jakeman. She has a BA in History of Art, an MA in Critical Writing in Art and Design and a PGCE, specialising in music education.