The Trauma Controversy: Philosophical and Interdisciplinary Dialogues

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Provides multiple and accessible perspectives on trauma both as a condition and as a cultural phenomenon.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Undoubtedly, this volume of essays offers a very interesting and thought-provoking look at trauma research, revealing and discussing the ostensibly resolved problems, which are regarded here from different and unexpected points of view.” — H-Net Reviews (H-Ideas)

“…a highly thought-provoking collection, with a broad scope, which is destined to become a classic … It will be required reading for those working in Holocaust and Trauma Studies.” — The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory

“The Trauma Controversy is a remarkable book in that it is not merely a collection of discrete and unrelated essays by significant individual players. Rather, the editors have taken care to cultivate a genuine conversation between various contributors in the volume.” — John J. Thatamanil, author of The Immanent Divine: God, Creation, and the Human Predicament

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Meet the Author

Kristen Brown Golden is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Millsaps College and the author of Nietzsche and Embodiment: Discerning Bodies and Non-Dualism, also published by SUNY Press.

Bettina G. Bergo is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Université de Montréal. She is author of Levinas between Ethics and Politics: For the Beauty that Adorns the Earth and coeditor (with Jill Stauffer) of Nietzsche and Levinas: “After the Death of a Certain God.”

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Table of Contents

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1. Introduction
Kristen Brown Golden and Bettina Bergo


2. A Late Adventure of the Feelings: Loss, Trauma, and the Limits of Psychoanalysis
Gregg M. Horowitz

3. Overcoming the Confusion of Loss and Trauma: The Need of Thinking Historically
Sara Beardsworth

4.Trauma and Speech as Bodily Adaptation in Merleau-Ponty
Kristen Brown Golden


5. Trauma and the Impossibility of Experience
Idit Dobbs-Weinstein

6.Trauma’s Presentation
Charles E. Scott


7.Crime and Memory
Judith Lewis Herman, M.D.

8.An Elephant in the Room: The Impact ofTraumatic Stress on Individuals and Groups
Sandra L. Bloom, M.D.


9.The Snake That Bites: The Albanian Experience of Collective Trauma as Reflected in an Evolving Landscape
Michael L. Galaty, Sharon R. Stocker, and Charles Watkinson

10.Traumatic Life: Violence, Pain, and Responsiveness in Heidegger
Eric Sean Nelson

11.Trauma and Hysteria: A Tale of Passions and Reversal
Bettina Bergo


12.Terror’s Wake: Trauma and Its Subjects
Michael Lambek

List of Contributors

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