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Treading Water, Hoarding Swims.

Croft, J Treading Water, Hoarding Swims. Life Writing. ISSN 1448-4528 (Accepted)

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Abstract

This auto-ethnographic essay explores the author’s ambivalent identifications as an academic researcher trying to write about swimming. Beginning with her tide-bound rituals of sea swimming near her home in Merseyside, the author reflects upon her shifting perceptions of her own physical and psychic interiority in the wake of her cancer diagnosis in June 2019. By drawing together forms of mobility associated with swimming, collecting and hoarding, the author seeks out some unlikely connections: through the trope of ‘treading water’, she represents states of immersion and suspended temporality, and she describes how – both as a swimmer and a hoarder - she experiences a heightened sense of permeable interiority, an ebb and flow of feeling between self and environment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2005 Literary Studies, 1699 Other Studies in Human Society, 2099 Other Language, Communication and Culture
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2020 08:38
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2020 08:45
Editors: Matthews, N and Simon, J
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12831

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