Overview

In this book, Roger Luckhurst both introduces and advances the fields of cultural memory and trauma studies, tracing the ways in which ideas of trauma have become a major element in contemporary Western conceptions of the self.

The Trauma Question outlines the origins of the concept of trauma across psychiatric, legal and cultural-political sources from the 1860s to the coining of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in 1980. It further explores the nature and extent of ‘trauma ...

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The Trauma Question

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Overview

In this book, Roger Luckhurst both introduces and advances the fields of cultural memory and trauma studies, tracing the ways in which ideas of trauma have become a major element in contemporary Western conceptions of the self.

The Trauma Question outlines the origins of the concept of trauma across psychiatric, legal and cultural-political sources from the 1860s to the coining of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in 1980. It further explores the nature and extent of ‘trauma culture’ from 1980 to the present, drawing upon a range of cultural practices from literature, memoirs and confessional journalism through to photography and film. The study covers a diverse range of cultural works, including writers such as Toni Morrison, Stephen King and W. G. Sebald, artists Tracey Emin, Christian Boltanski and Tracey Moffatt, and film-makers David Lynch and Atom Egoyan.

The Trauma Question offers a significant and fascinating step forward for those seeking a greater understanding of the controversial and ever-expanding field of trauma research.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136015106
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Roger Luckhurst teaches in the School of English and Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of "The Angle Between the Walls": The Fiction of J.G. Ballard (1997), The Invention of Telepathy (2002) and Science Fiction (2005).

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Table of Contents

List of figures

Introduction 1

Pt. I Aetiology 17

1 The genealogy of a concept 19

Trauma and modernity 20

The law of 'nervous shock' 26

Trauma in psychology 1870-1914 34

Trauma in the war ecology: Shell shock 49

Trauma and the politics of identity: Vietnam, Holocaust and abuse survivors 59

Pt. II Cultural symptoms 77

Introduction Trauma and narrative knowledge 79

2 Trauma in narrative fiction 87

Beloved: A paradigmatic trauma fiction 90

Stephen King's trauma Gothic 97

Mainstream fiction and traumatic anachrony 105

W. G. Sebald: The last trawnatophile? 111

3 My so-called life: The memoir boom 117

Five elements towards the trauma memoir 121

Memoir and the judicious truth 135

Generating autofictions: Philip Roth, Herve Guibert, Kathryn Harrison 137

4 The intrusive image: Photography and trauma 147

The fine art of trauma 150

Aftermath aesthetics: Christian Boltanski, Gerhard Richter, Tracey Moffatt 154

Beautiful books of atrocity: Sebastiao Salgado, Giles Peress, Luc Delahaye 164

5 Flashbacks, mosaics and loops: Trauma and narrative cinema 177

A genealogy of the traumatic flashback 179

Three trauma auteurs: Alain Resnais, Atom Egoyan, David Lynch 185

Trauma and 'post-classical' film since 1990 203

Afterwards 209

Bibliography 215

Legal cases 234

Index 235

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