Różnica jako podobieństwo. Dawanie świadectwa w powieści „Geek Love” Katherine Dunn

Tomasz Basiuk

Uniwersytet Warszawski



Katherinne Dunn’s 1989 novel Geek Love tells the story of a “nuclear” family (composed of parents and their children,) who used to operate a travelling circus. It is narrated by the founder’s daughter, who reminisces about her happy childhood as she looks after her senile mother and a daughter who remains unaware of the family’s past. A reading of the novel proposed herein puts forth that the category difference paradoxically becomes the basis for a sense of commonality: although the differences between people may be irreducible, people can give testimony to those differences.


Keywords: difference; identity; queer; family; childhood; giving testimony