Critical Trauma Studies: Understanding Violence, Conflict and Memory in Everyday Life

Critical Trauma Studies: Understanding Violence, Conflict and Memory in Everyday Life

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Trauma is a universal human experience. While each person responds differently to trauma, its presence in our lives nonetheless marks a continual thread through human history and prehistory. In Critical Trauma Studies , a diverse group of writers, activists, and scholars of sociology, anthropology, literature, and cultural studies reflects on the study of trauma and how multidisciplinary approaches lend richness and a sense of deeper understanding to this burgeoning field of inquiry. The original essays within this collection cover topics such as female suicide bombers from the Chechen Republic, singing prisoners in Iranian prison camps, sexual assault and survivor advocacy, and families facing the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. As it proceeds, Critical Trauma Studies never loses sight of the way those who study trauma as an academic field, and those who experience, narrate, and remediate trauma as a personal and embodied event, inform one another. Theoretically adventurous and deeply particular, this book aims to advance trauma studies as a discipline that transcends intellectual boundaries, to be mapped but also to be unmoored from conceptual and practical imperatives. Remaining embedded in lived experiences and material realities, Critical Trauma Studies frames the field as both richly unbounded and yet clearly defined, historical, and evidence-based.

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ISBN-13: 9781479822515
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Monica J. Casper is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the School of Sociology and the Africana Studies Program at the University of Arizona. Her publications include Missing Bodies: The Politics of Visibility.

Eric Wertheimer is Professor of English and Associate Vice Provost of the Graduate College at Arizona State University, where he is the Founding Director of the Center for Critical Inquiry and Cultural Studies. He is the author of Underwriting: The Poetics of Insurance in Early America and I magined Empires: Incas, Aztecs, and the New World of American Literature, 1771-1876 , as well as many works of poetry and prose. Mylar , his first book of poetry, was published by BlazeVOX in 2012.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Within Trauma: An Introduction Eric Wertheimer Monica J. Casper 1

I Politics

2 Trauma Is as Trauma Does: The Politics of Affect in Catastrophic Times Maurice E. Stevens 19

3 "She Was Just a Chechen": The Female Suicide Bomber as a Site of Collective Suffering in Wartime Chechen Republic Francine Banner 37

4 Naming Sexual Trauma: On the Political Necessity of Nuance in Rape and Sex Offender Discourses Breanne Fahs 61

5 Conceptualizing Forgiveness in the Face of Historical Trauma Carmen Goman Douglas Kelley 78

II Poetics

6 Bahareh: Singing without Words in an Iranian Prison Camp Shahla Talebi 101

7 Voices of Silence: On Speaking from within the Void (A Response to Shahla Talebi) Gabriele M. Schwab 111

8 Future's Past: A Conversation about the Holocaust with Gabriele M. Schwab Martin Beck Matuštík 122

9 "No Other Tale to Tell": Trauma and Acts of Forgetting in The Road Amanda Wicks 135

10 Body Animations (or, Lullaby for Fallujah): A Performance Jackie Orr 157

III Praxis

11 First Responders: A Pedagogy for Writing and Reading Trauma Amy Hodges Hamilton 179

12 Answering the Call: Crisis Intervention and Rape Survivor Advocacy as Witnessing Trauma Debra Jackson 205

13 Documenting Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and One Family's Saga Rebecca Hankins Akua Duku Anokye 227

14 A Cure for Bitterness Dorothy Allison 244

Bibliography 257

About the Contributors 281

Index 287

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