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It may be said that every trauma is two traumas or ten thousand-depending on the number of people involved. How one experiences and reacts to an event is unique and depends largely on one's direct or indirect positioning, personal psychic history, and individual memories.

But equally important to the experience of trauma are the broader political and cultural contexts within which a catastrophe takes place and how it is "managed" by institutional forces, including the media.In Trauma Culture, E. Ann Kaplan explores the relationship between the impact of trauma on individuals and on entire cultures and nations. Arguing that humans possess a compelling need to draw meaning from personal experience and to communicate what happens to others, she examines the artistic, literary, and cinematic forms that are often used to bridge the individual and collective experience.

A number of case studies, including Sigmund Freud's Moses and Monotheism, Marguerite Duras' La Douleur, Sarah Kofman's Rue Ordener, Rue Labat, Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound, and Tracey Moffatt's Night Cries, reveal how empathy can be fostered without the sensationalistic element that typifies the media.From World War II to 9/11, this passionate study eloquently navigates the contentious debates surrounding trauma theory and persuasively advocates the responsible sharing and translating of catastrophe.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copryright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. Chapter 1. "Why Trauma Now?": Freud and Trauma Studies
  2. pp. 24-41
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  1. Chapter 2. Memory as Testimony in World War II: Freud, Duras, and Kofman
  2. pp. 42-65
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  1. Chapter 3. Melodrama and Trauma: Displacement in Hitchcock's Spellbound
  2. pp. 66-86
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  1. Chapter 4. Vicarious Trauma and "Empty" Empathy: Media Images of Rwanda and the Iraq War
  2. pp. 87-100
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  1. Chapter 5. "Translating" Trauma in Postcolonial Contexts: Indigeneity on Film
  2. pp. 101-121
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  1. Chapter 6. The Ethics of Witnessing: Maya Deren and Tracey Moffatt
  2. pp. 122-135
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  1. Epilogue. "Wounded New York": Rebuilding and Memorials to 9/11
  2. pp. 136-148
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 149-170
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 171-180
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 181-192
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813541167
Related ISBN
9780813535906
MARC Record
OCLC
508297893
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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