Languages of Trauma: History, Memory, and Media
This volume traces the distinct cultural languages in which individual and collective forms of trauma are expressed in diverse variations, including oral and written narratives, literature, comic strips, photography, theatre, and cinematic images. The central argument is that traumatic memories are frequently beyond the sphere of medical, legal, or state intervention. To address these different, often intertwined modes of language, the contributors provide a variety of disciplinary approaches to foster innovative debates and provoke new insights.
Prevailing definitions of trauma can best be understood according to the cultural and historical conditions within which they exist. Languages of Trauma explores what this means in practice by scrutinizing varied historical moments from the First World War onwards and particular cultural contexts from across Europe, the United States, Asia, and Africa – striving to help decolonize the traditional Western-centred history of trauma, dissolving it into multifaceted transnational histories of trauma cultures.
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- Page Count: 424 pages
- Illustrations: 43
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.1in x 9.3in
"Languages of Trauma provides an introduction to a different strand of trauma theory, outlining critiques of earlier generations in the history of the discipline and analysing new avenues and approaches currently trending. With its scope, ambition, and interdisciplinarity, this book provides a major contribution to research."
Aris Mousoutzanis, Principal Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies, University of Brighton
"Languages of Trauma is a valuable addition to the growing field of trauma studies, most notably for its willingness to engage with topics in a contemporary timeframe, to put cultural representation alongside clinical understandings, to consider the perpetrator as well as the victim/survivor, and to go beyond the Anglo-American experience of the world wars."
Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Newcastle, Australia
Author InformationPeter Leese is an associate professor in the Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies at the University of Copenhagen.
Jason Crouthamel is a professor in the Department of History at Grand Valley State University.
Julia Barbara Köhne is FONTE visiting professor in the Faculty of Culture, Social Sciences and Education at Humboldt-University Berlin.
Table of contents
Introduction: Languages of Trauma
Peter Leese, Julia Barbara Köhne, and Jason Crouthamel
Part One: Words and Images
1. “A perfect hell of a night which we can never forget”: Narratives of Trauma in the Private Writings of British and Irish Nurses in the First World War
Bridget E. Keown
2. Religious Language in German Soldiers’ Narratives of Traumatic Violence, 1914–1918
3. Languages of the Wound: Finnish Soldiers’ Bodies as Sites of Shock during World War II
4. Efim Segal Shell-shocked Sergeant: Red Army Veterans and the Expression and Representation of Trauma Memories
5. The Falling Man: Resisting and Resistant Visual Media in Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers
Jennifer Anderson Bliss
Part Two: Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts
6. Performing Songs and Staging Theatre Performances: Working through the Trauma of the 1965 Indonesian Mass Killings
Dyah Pitaloka and Hans Pols
7. Encounters with Some Things Are Difficult to Say, Re-Membered
8. Performing Memory in an Interdependent Body
9. Memory and Trauma: Two Contemporary Art Projects
Part Three: Normalizations of Trauma
10. Between Social Criticism and Epistemological Critique: Critical Theory and the Normalization of Trauma
11. The New Normal: Trauma as Successfully Failed Communication in Nurse Betty
12. The Exploitation of Trauma: (Mis-)Representations of Rape Victims in the War Film
Part Four: Representations in Film
13. Translating Individual and Collective Trauma through Horror: The Case of George A. Romero’s Martin
14. Aesthetic Displays of Perpetrators in Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing: Post-Atrocity Perpetrator Symptoms, Re-enactments of Violence, and Perpetrator-Victim-Inversions
Julia Barbara Köhne
15. Perpetrator Trauma and Current American War Cinema
Coda: Climate Trauma Reconsidered
E. Ann Kaplan
Subjects and Coursescommunication and cultural studies \ media studies
communication and cultural studies
film and performance studies \ film studies \ world cinema
film and performance studies \ film studies
film and performance studies \ theatre drama 1
film and performance studies
history \ modern history
literary studies \ english literature 20th and 21st century