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Traumatic Memory and the Ethical, Political and Transhistorical Functions of Literature


Traumatic Memory and the Ethical, Political and Transhistorical Functions of Literature


Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict

von: Susana Onega, Constanza del Río, Maite Escudero-Alías

89,99 €

Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 01.12.2017
ISBN/EAN: 9783319552781
Sprache: englisch

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This volume addresses the construction and artistic representation of traumatic memories in the contemporary Western world from a variety of inter- and trans-disciplinarity critical approaches and perspectives, ranging from the cultural, political, historical, and ideological to the ethical and aesthetic, and distinguishing between individual, collective, and cultural traumas. The chapters introduce complementary concepts from diverse thinkers including Cathy Caruth, Jacques Derrida, Judith Butler, Homi Bhabha, Abraham and Torok, and Joyce Carol Oates; they also draw from fields of study such as Memory Studies, Theory of Affects, Narrative and Genre Theory, and Cultural Studies.Traumatic Memory and the Political, Economic, and Transhistorical Functions of Literature addresses trauma as a culturally embedded phenomenon and deconstructs the idea of trauma as universal, transhistorical, and abstract.
?Introduction.- History Become Memory: The Dante Sexcentenary and World War I in the German Press.- On Poetic Violence: W. B. Yeats’s “Leda and the Swan” and César Vallejo’s “Vusco volvvver de golpe el golpe.”.- Holocaust Trauma between the National and the Transnational: Reflections on History’s “Broken Mirror.”.- Wandering Memory, Wandering Jews: Generic Hybridity and the Construction of Jewish Memory in Linda Grant’s works.- .-  Self-representation and the Impossibility of (Re) membering in Jamaica Kincaid’s The Autobiography of My Mother.-  Trauma, Screen Memories, Safe Spaces, and Productive Melancholia in Toni Morrison’s Home.-  Conclusion.
Susana Onega is Professor of English Literature at the University of Zaragoza. She has written on the work of contemporary writers, narrative theory, and  ethics and trauma; and is the author of five monographs, including Form and Meaning in the Novels of John Fowles (1989, Winner of the Enrique García Díez Research Award), Metafiction and Myth in the Novels of Peter Ackroyd (1999), and Jeanette Winterson (2006, Shortlisted for the European Society for the Study of English Book Award, 2008). Constanza del Río is Senior Lecturer in British and Irish Literature at the University of Zaragoza. Her research centers on contemporary Irish fiction, narrative and critical theory, and popular narrative genres. She is co-editor of Memory, Imagination and Desire in Contemporary Anglo-American Literature and Film (2004). Maite Escudero-Alías is Senior Lecturer at the University of Zaragoza, where she teaches English Literature. Her main research interests centre on contemporary literary criticism, feminism, queer and affect theory in literature, and culture. She is the author of Long Live the King: A Genealogy of Performative Genders (2009) and has published in the Journal of Gender Studies, The Journal of Popular Culture, Journal of Lesbian Studies, The Journal of Transatlantic Studies, and Journal of International Women’s Studies, among others. 
This volume addresses the construction and artistic representation of traumatic memories in the contemporary Western world from a variety of inter- and trans-disciplinarity critical approaches and perspectives, ranging from the cultural, political, historical, and ideological to the ethical and aesthetic, and distinguishing between individual, collective, and cultural traumas. The chapters introduce complementary concepts from diverse thinkers including Cathy Caruth, Jacques Derrida, Judith Butler, Homi Bhabha, Abraham and Torok, and Joyce Carol Oates; they also draw from fields of study such as Memory Studies, Theory of Affects, Narrative and Genre Theory, and Cultural Studies. Traumatic Memory and the Political, Economic, and Transhistorical Functions of Literature addresses trauma as a culturally embedded phenomenon and deconstructs the idea of trauma as universal, transhistorical, and abstract.
Discusses a wide variety of concepts and themes within the fields of Trauma theory and Memory Studies including individual and collective trauma, historical trauma, and cultural memoryOffers a transnational perspective through its discussion of texts from countries such as the United States, France, Germany, Poland, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the UKBrings together the often separated discussions of literary aesthetics, politics, and trauma
“The present volume explores anew the complex aesthetic relationship between trauma and memory. The various essays, written by an outstandingly diverse body of scholars—in terms of nationalities and theoretical perspective— have it in common to rethink the question of the representation of trauma: while stemming from a highlighting attention to seminal psychoanalytical and philosophical texts, they convincingly argue for an inclusion of ethical and political dimensions that will delve at the core of fiction and its specific means of expression and strategies. Never swerving from valuable textual close reading, the authors decidedly and often boldly explore the limits of previous theories the better to promote challenging multidisciplinary reflections on the particularities of “Trauma fiction” in a strikingly optimistic way, focusing on what remains rather than what is lost: a deconstruction of various preconceptions that entails and promotes a much needed revisitation of the function of literature.” (Marc Amfreville, Professor of American Literature and Trauma Studies at Paris-Sorbonne University) “Bringing together current scholarly debates on trauma, memory, and affect, this volume makes an original contribution to research on twentieth-century and contemporary literature. It forcefully demonstrates how productively the arts contribute to major cultural challenges, ranging from the Holocaust to the legacy of the colonial system. Individual essays address traumatic memories in various European countries and beyond, revealing the richness of formal strategies employed by writers to evoke and abate the personal and collective spectres as they relate to cultural memory.” (Gerd Bayer, Professor of English Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Erlangen-Nüremberg)

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