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Traumatic Affect by Meera Atkinson

Traumatic Affect explores the intersection of trauma theory and affect theory, two areas of significant relevance in contemporary literary, cultural and political studies. While both fields continue to independently offer crucial insights into individual and collective experience, an examination of the nexus of trauma and affect that develops new textual analyses and theoretical approaches is timely and necessary. This collection of essays considers circuitries and dynamic relations within, and between, affect and trauma, suggesting previously uncharted ways of thinking about testimony and witnessing. It asks how the relational subject conceived by affect theory might bring into question certain presuppositions common to trauma theory and how the ethical imperatives of trauma might require a rethinking of aspects of affect theory. Considering the productive and problematic tensions between trauma and affect and their interest in irreducible experience, embodiment, and events, Traumatic Affect explores their movements and operations in literature, art, film, institutions and society. It considers the potential of affect theory to reimagine the unrepresentability of the traumatic event; affective economies in and between subject, image and, or text; trauma and affect in the process of creative practice; and the politics and ethics that emerge at the juncture of trauma and affect. From the silence into which Walter Benjamin fell after the suicide of his closest friend to the trauma of becoming the emblematic media figure of the London bombings, this volume traverses diverse terrain: gesture and the everyday, cinema and torture, art, civility and specters, media representation and Indigenous film. Featuring essays by Shoshana Felman, Karyn Ball, Jennifer L. Biddle Anna Gibbs, Ben O'Loughlin, Anne Rutherford, Magdalena Zolkos, Aaron Kerner, Ricardo Mbarkho, Jonathan L. Knapp, Michael Richardson and Meera Atkinson, Traumatic Affect ventures into bold new territories of theory and critique to offer insight into pressing realities that demand engagement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781443848671
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Pages: 305
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: At the Nexus Meera Atkinson Michael Richardson 1

Part I Silence

Chapter 1 Benjamin's Silence Shoshana Felman 22

Chapter 2 "Un Petit Geste": Affect and Silence in Claude Lanzmann's Shoah Magdalena Zolkos 59

Chapter 3 Film, Trauma and the Enunciative Present Anne Rutherford 80

Part II Cultures

Chapter 4 The Earthquake After Kant's Lisbon: "Visceral Reason" in Kleist's Precarious Modernity Karyn Ball 104

Chapter 5 Apparently Unrelated: Affective Resonance, Concatenation and Traumatic Circuitry in the Terrain of the Everyday Anna Gibbs 129

Chapter 6 Torturous Affect: Writing and the Problem of Pain Michael Richardson 148

Part III Mediatized

Chapter 7 Gojira's Bones: The Monster as a Vessel of Affective Energy Aaron Kerner 172

Chapter 8 The Mediatization of Trauma and the Trauma of Mediatization: Benjamin, Tulloch, and the Struggle to Speak Ben O'Loughlin 193

Chapter 9 Where the Buffalo No Longer Roam: Affect and Allegory in The Last Hunt and The Last Buffalo Hunt Jonathan L. Knapp 213

Part IV Embodied

Chapter 10 Radical Realism and Other Possibilities in Contemporary Intercultural Indigenous Australian Cinema Jennifer L. Biddle 230

Chapter 11 Trauma Stimulated Art, or the Embodiment of Affect in Lebanon: An Allegory Ricardo Mbarkho 240

Chapter 12 Channeling the Specter and Translating Phantoms: Hauntology and the Spooked Text Meera Atkinson 247

Bibliography 271

Contributors 290

Index 294

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