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”In “Guesswork,” the body is both canvas and carapace, both superficial construct and, for better or worse, the whole damn point.
Vacationing on the island of Giglio in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Cooley and her husband find themselves in the literal and figurative shadow of the Costa Concordia, the giant cruise ship that struck a rock and capsized earlier that year, leaving 32 dead and two still missing.
The subfield of feminist scholarship devoted to narratives of what’s commonly referred to as “the body” is having something of a heyday.
Disability studies are growing in popularity, as is the prominence of intersectional theories around gender, body modification and “the politics of difference.” Often, the lines of inquiry (or “interrogations,” as academics like to say) concern themselves with power dynamics imposed by cultural norms, including those that conspire to make physicality itself a form of trauma.
As a memoir, “Born Both” can be as difficult to pin down as its author’s identity.But three new memoirs dealing with bodies — often exuberantly so — would appear to have little use for the trauma narrative.