Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative, and History / Edition 1

Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative, and History / Edition 1

by Cathy Caruth
     
 

"If Freud turns to literature to describe traumatic experience, it is because literature, like psychoanalysis, is interested in the complex relation between knowing and not knowing, and it is at this specific point at which knowing and not knowing intersect that the psychoanalytic theory of traumatic experience and the language of literature meet."—from the

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"If Freud turns to literature to describe traumatic experience, it is because literature, like psychoanalysis, is interested in the complex relation between knowing and not knowing, and it is at this specific point at which knowing and not knowing intersect that the psychoanalytic theory of traumatic experience and the language of literature meet."—from the Introduction

In Unclaimed Experience, Cathy Caruth proposes that in the "widespread and bewildering experience of trauma" in our century—both in its occurrence and in our attempt to understand it—we can recognize the possibility of a history no longer based on simple models of straightforward experience and reference. Through the notion of trauma, she contends, we come to a new understanding that permits history to arise where immediate understanding is impossible. In her wide-ranging discussion, Caruth engages Freud's theory of trauma as outlined in Moses and Monotheism and Beyond the Pleasure Principle; the notion of reference and the figure of the falling body in de Man, Kleist, and Kant; the narratives of personal catastrophe in Hiroshima mon amour; and the traumatic address in Lecompte's reinterpretation of Freud's narrative of the dream of the burning child.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801852473
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
172
Sales rank:
523,354
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Wound and the Voice1
1Unclaimed Experience: Trauma and the Possibility of History (Freud, Moses and Monotheism)10
2Literature and the Enactment of Memory (Duras, Resnais, Hiroshima mon amour)25
3Traumatic Departures: Survival and History in Freud (Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Moses and Monotheism)57
4The Falling Body and the Impact of Reference (de Man, Kant, Kleist)73
5Traumatic Awakenings (Freud, Lacan, and the Ethics of Memory)91
Notes113
Index147

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