"Last Seen Alive": Lacan, Louise Bell and I in a Haunted House

Fiona Sprott

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    Nobody notices me. That's kind of normal. Nobody really noticed Ellen either until she was gone. In 1983 a young girl called Louise Bell mysteriously disappeared from her bedroom in an outer-lying suburb of Adelaide. This story became part of the tapestry of fragmentary memories of my own girlhood. I used Lacan's Borromean knot model of the psyche as a tool to guide my creative research and ideas towards a contemporary performance text titled Last Seen Alive which strives to translate newspaper accounts, and personal memories of the story into a fictional text. What is the symbolic order of the story of a girl who mysteriously disappears from her bedroom one night? How to conjure the ghosts and monsters of the imaginary which populate the print media stories of Louise Bell's disappearance? How to represent my encounter with the man currently suspected of murdering Louise?

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)303-313
    Number of pages11
    JournalThe Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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