, where I feel most threatened by the potential dissolution of my own defensive barriers. Maggie Nelson advances a similar charge in her groundbreaking recent work on autotheory.
Autotheory engages lived experience and subjective embodiment alongside critical theory, and the result is self-writing that is both an examination of the self and an interrogation of theory and its importance in the real world and for artistic production. In its drive to blend the borders between self and theory, autotheory blurs boundaries of genre and often includes prose, poetry, visual
working through these configurations with a combination or sequence of autotheory, introspection, psychoanalytic insight, lived experience of the mentoring relationship and an encounter with the aesthetic. We are shown in these articles how painful histories can become a source of generativity about the practice of a psychosocial pedagogy, a practice that combines insights from the alma mater , literally the nourishing mother, and that of her twin, the one who dispenses the precious bane of ‘bitter milk’.
Repair and generativity
Let none admire that riches grow