May Reading Group: On not being able to read

Association for Psychosocial Studies and Journal of Psychosocial Studies Online Reading Group

Myna Trustram

Friday 27 May, 4 – 6pm

Please join us for our monthly online reading groups where we will be coming together and discussing topical psychosocial articles. This month we are incredibly lucky to have Myna Trustram present her essay “On not being able to read” published by the Journal of Psychosocial Studies.

The essay can be accessed and download free of charge by clicking here

On not being able to read


This experimental essay sets out an imaginative and cognitive space in which I might explore my bizarre and troubling experience of not being able to read. I open a book that I suspect will reveal things I want to know and I am unable to go beyond a few paragraphs. It is not due to a lack of time or dyslexia; it is about the emotional world that I enter when I read.

The essay is not a flowing narrative because my mind does not think in that way about the problem; rather, it is a collection of notes for an unthought work. This is, actually, how I read – never quite going all the way. I write the essay not to solve the problem but to see if I can make something of it, which means encountering it and so feeling it all the more.

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Author biography:

Myna Trustram worked for many years as a curator in museums and galleries in England. Now she is a member of the Manchester School of Art in Manchester Metropolitan University where she runs the training programme for arts and humanities PhD students. She is the author of scholarly publications in museology and British nineteenth century social history (Women of the Regiment: Marriage and the Victorian Army, Cambridge University Press, 1984). Currently she writes experimental essays in response to loss and material culture and informed by psychoanalysis.

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