The Irrepressibly Political Survivorship of Chanel Miller

By Doreen St. Félix | 2019-10-12 | including 1 item |
This is why the victim statement of the then-twenty-three-year-old Emily Doe struck millions of readers like it did. Published by BuzzFeed in June of 2016, after Turner was sentenced to six months in jail, the voice was unhindered. The sentences accrete and snap like water meeting hot oil, the conversational voice is dam-breaking, surging with annoyance, anger, and fatigue; we did not know the author’s identity, and yet we might imagine a speaking voice, young and gaining courage as she went on. “You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside of me, and that’s why we’re here today” was Emily Doe’s first transportive address to her assailant. Emily Doe unwound the literary problem; she eclipsed the narratives that hinged on appraisals of the social worth of her assailant; she wrote the strongest story of what to her must have felt like nothing so crafted. Earlier this year, with the announcement of a memoir, “Know My Name,” the identity of Emily Doe was revealed. She is Chanel Miller, now twenty-seven. She is Chinese-American, and an artist and a writer.