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TitleThe future of trauma theory : contemporary literary and cultural criticism
Author edited by Gert Buelens, Sam Durrant and Robert Eaglestone
ImprintLondon ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014
Descript xviii, 181 pages ; 24 cm

SUMMARY

This collection analyses the future of 'trauma theory', a major theoretical discourse in contemporary criticism and theory. The chapters advance the current state of the field by exploring new areas, asking new questions and making new connections. Part one, History and Culture, begins by developing trauma theory in its more familiar post-deconstructive mode and explores how these insights might still be productive. It goes on, via a critique of existing positions, to relocate trauma theory in a postcolonial and globalized world, theoretically, aesthetically and materially, and focuses on non-Western accounts and understandings of trauma, memory and suffering. Part two, Politics and Subjectivity, turns explicitly to politics and subjectivity, focussing on the state and the various forms of subjection to which it gives rise, and on human rights, biopolitics and community. Each chapter, in different ways, advocates a movement beyond the sort of texts and concepts that are the usual focus for trauma criticism and moves this dynamic network of ideas forward. With contributions from an international selection of leading critics and thinkers from the US and Europe, this volume will be a key critical intervention in one of the most important areas in contemporary literary criticism and theory.--Back cover


CONTENT

Knowledge, "afterwardsness" and the future of trauma theory / Robert Eaglestone -- Fascism and the sacred: sites of inquiry after (or along with) trauma / Dominick Lacapra -- Beyond eurocentrism: trauma theory in the global age / Stef Craps -- Affect, body, place: trauma theory in the world / Ananya Jahanara Kabir -- Trauma ties: Chiasmus and community in Lebanese civil war literature / Nouri Gana -- The end of trauma theory, or on not seeking protection from external stimuli / Sam Durrant -- That which you are denying us: refugees, rights and writing in Arendt / Lyndsey Stonebridge -- Time, personhood, politics -- / Jenny Edkins -- The biopolitics of trauma / Pieter Vermeulen -- Future shock: science fiction and the trauma paradigm / Roger Luckhurst


Criticism Literature -- Philosophy Psychic trauma in literature Wounds and injuries in literature

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Arts LibraryPN85 F996 2014DUE 15-12-20



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