The Arc of Memory in the Aftermath of Trauma

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The Arc of Memory in the Aftermath of Trauma


The Arc of Memory in the Aftermath of Trauma explores multifaceted nature of global traumas and the ideological minefields to be negotiated in processes of representation and witnessing.

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This volume explores the diversity of transnational catalysts of trauma and the interconnected nature of its global out workings. With reference to literary, filmic, visual and memorial representations, the volume reflects trauma as a multi-contextual impact emanating out of a macrocosmic and microcosmic social catalysts. The essays deal with broad issues of religious and political ideologies, imperial impulses, ethnic and national contestation and the myriad ways in which they drill down to the individual level – domestic violence and other violations, poverty and oppression, inequity, gnawing injustice and more. They also crisscross over domestic, national and global political frameworks. The essays speak to the imperative to represent painful collective pasts so as to alleviate its agony and acknowledge the right of its victims and perpetrators to give witness. By extension, it speaks to the practical and ideological imperative to engage issues of trauma, ethics and testimony

Social Suffering and Human Community 
Paula Morgan

Ethical Witnessing: The Poetics and Politics of Testimony
Mukul Chaturvedi

Bearing Witness in the Landscape: Non-Death Memorials as Testimony
Alison Atkinson-Phillips

Museum Ethics and Personal Testimony on the Conflict in Northern Ireland
Kylie Linthicum

Immersive Space in Atom Egoyan’s Steenbeckett
Elizabeth Matheson

The Fictionalized Witness and Montage in Juan José Campanella’s The Secret in Their Eyes
Elizabeth Montes Garcés

Performing Witnesses: Memories of Polish and German Resettlers in Polish Theatre
Mateusz Chaberski

Dylan Farrow’s Voice
Rachel Elizabeth Fraser and James Matharu

Shame and the Misappropriation of the Blame in Contemporary Irish Narratives
Emma Kelly

A Mother to One, a Mother to Many: A Mother’s Social Activism in Madre de Mendoza
Cristina Santos

Trauma, Memory and Testimony in Rigoberta Menchu’s I and Radwa Ashour’s The Woman From Tantoura
Rania Reda Nasr

Paula Morgan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Literary Cultural and Communications Studies at the University of the West Indies St Augustine. Her recent research focus is on contemporary legacies of historical traumas. She has authored or edited several volumes on this theme including a monograph: The Terror and The Time: Banal Violence and Trauma in Caribbean Discourse; The Culture of Violence in Trinidad and Tobago: a Case Study (co-edited with Valerie Youssef); Writing Rage: Unmasking Violence in Caribbean Discourse co-authored with Valerie Youssef.