Trauma at Home: After 9/11

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The terrorist attacks of September 11 brought the effects of trauma home to millions in America and throughout the world. Initially the attacks created a sense of paralysis and a narrative void. Now we find ourselves struggling as a nation to remember and rebuild. The distinguished writers in Trauma at Home confront September 11 from a variety of personal, cultural, scholarly, and clinical perspectives. Bringing together wide-ranging reflections on understanding, representing, and surviving trauma, the book ...
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Overview

The terrorist attacks of September 11 brought the effects of trauma home to millions in America and throughout the world. Initially the attacks created a sense of paralysis and a narrative void. Now we find ourselves struggling as a nation to remember and rebuild. The distinguished writers in Trauma at Home confront September 11 from a variety of personal, cultural, scholarly, and clinical perspectives. Bringing together wide-ranging reflections on understanding, representing, and surviving trauma, the book offers readers an array of analyses of the overwhelming events. Through the lenses of cultural studies, trauma studies, feminism, film and literary criticism, psychoanalytic theory, and through poetic and photographic images, the contributors use their disciplines to help make sense of the incomprehensible. These essays and reflections address loss and examine our changed modes of perception, relations with others, and sense of home. Trauma at Home contains meditations on the personal and cultural aftereffects of trauma and provides analyses of the historical echoes of Hiroshima, the Holocaust, and Vietnam that the attacks evoked. Collectively these essays replace the silence of shock and disbelief with the possibility of dialogue—even as they also recognize the impossibility of providing a single cohesive narrative for the trauma of September 11.
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Editorial Reviews

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Greenberg has collected writings of persons who experienced losses or who were intimately involved in some way with the 9/11 attacks. Acknowledging that all was still in process, she asked them to work through their powerful emotions as they tried to give meaning to this traumatic invasion of their "home." This is a quickly put-together, interim book written during the six months following the attack. Greenburg had written about trauma; she had the assistance and encouragement of a friend and mentor, Marianne Hirsch, and her psychoanalyst mother and philosopher father. She has divided the essays into sections: Impact, Reporting, Photography, Imagining, Echoing, and Working Through. These are essays, most six to nine pages long, by highly educated, reflective New Yorkers. They are not easy-reading outpourings by ordinary sufferers. That is not to say they lack authenticity, but the style of the essays leads to this reviewer's recommendation that the audience for the book is persons who will relate to sophisticated writing. KLIATT Codes: A; Recommended for advanced students and adults. 2003, Univ. of Nebraska Press, 227p. illus., Boardman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803271081
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 227
  • Sales rank: 1,089,062
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Greenberg has served as a visiting assistant professor at Williams College and Dartmouth College.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Dead of September 11 1
1 Impact
On That Day 5
September 11: Between Memory and History 11
Wounded New York 21
2 Reporting
Reporting the Disaster 39
If You Have Tears 48
"There's No Backhand to This" 52
Trauma Ongoing 60
3 Photographing
I Took Pictures: September 2001 and Beyond 69
Photographs 87
A Camera and a Catastrophe: Reflections on Trauma and the Twin Towers 95
4 Imagining
Uncanny Sights: The Anticipation of the Abomination 107
The War of the Fathers: Trauma, Fantasy, and September 11 117
Masked Power: An Encounter with the Social Body in the Flesh 124
The Limits of Empathy and the Global Politics of Belonging 132
First writing since 139
5 Echoing
"There Is No Poetry in This": Writing, Trauma, and Home 147
Fallout of Various Kinds 158
9/11/01 = 1/27/01: The Changed Posttraumatic Self 168
6 Working Through
Rubble as Archive, or 9/11 as Dust, Debris, and Bodily Vanishing 187
A Not So Temporary Occupation inside Ground Zero 195
September 11, 2001 - An Event without a Voice 204
Remember Life with Life: The New World Trade Center 216
List of Contributors 223
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2003

    Startled, Honest Reflections

    Trauma at Home is the most thoughtful collection of responses to September 11th I have seen. Every essay is a reminder of what I think we've begun to forget, as individuals and a nation: how the event startled us out of our ordinary methods of understanding and acting in the world. The book begins with Toni Morrison's elegy, 'The Dead of September 11': 'But I would not say a word until I could set aside all I know or believe about nations, wars, leaders, the governed and ungovernable.' Judith Greenberg has collected a remarkable number of essays that find their authors in the process of figuring out how to think once they've been startled out of all they know or believe.

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