Abstract

Abstract:

This article argues that Ferdinand Marcos’s martial law regime can be labelled as traumatic based on studies that link the regime’s practices with victims manifesting signs of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). An examination of martial law in the Philippines enriches cultural memory and trauma studies by supporting genres other than (post)modern fiction such as memoir-writing and poetry; by explaining the notion of kapwa, which considers group culture in processes of healing; by putting forward the value of the sacred rather than the Western secular way of “healing”; and, lastly, by underscoring that resolution remains questionable, especially in societies of impunity.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2244-1638
Print ISSN
2244-1093
Pages
pp. 453-480
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-11
Open Access
No
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