Worlds of Hurt: Reading the Literatures of Trauma

Worlds of Hurt: Reading the Literatures of Trauma

by Kali Tal, Kalm Tal
     
 

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ISBN-10: 052156512X

ISBN-13: 9780521565127

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Worlds of Hurt presents a coherent rendering of the relationships between individual trauma and cultural interpretation, using as its focus the Holocaust, the Vietnam War, and the phenomenon of sexualized violence against women. Survivors of these traumas constitute themselves as unique communities and bear witness to their traumatic experiences both privately and

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Worlds of Hurt presents a coherent rendering of the relationships between individual trauma and cultural interpretation, using as its focus the Holocaust, the Vietnam War, and the phenomenon of sexualized violence against women. Survivors of these traumas constitute themselves as unique communities and bear witness to their traumatic experiences both privately and publicly. The survivors themselves write a "literature of trauma"—born of the need to tell and retell the story of the traumatic experience, to make it "real" to the victim, the community and to the larger pyblic.

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ISBN-13:
9780521565127
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series, #95
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Worlds of hurt: reading the literature of trauma; 2. A form of witness: the Holocaust and North American memory; 3. Between the lines: reading the Vietnam war; 4. The farmer of dreams: the writings of W. D. Ehrhart; 5. There was no plot, and I discovered it by mistake: trauma, community and the revisionary process; 6. We didn't know what would happen: opening the discourse on sexual abuse; 7. This is about power on every level: three incest survivor narratives; This is not a conclusion; Notes; Index.

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