Gestures of Testimony

Author: Michael Richardson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1501315811
Format: PDF
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After 9/11, the United States became a nation that sanctioned torture. Detainees across the globe were waterboarded, deprived of sleep, beaten by guards, blasted with deafening music and forced into obscene acts. Their torture presents a profound problem for literature: torturous pain and its traumatic aftermath have long been held to destroy language, shatter experience, and refuse representation. Challenging accepted thinking, Gestures of Testimony asks how literature might bear witness to the tortures of a war waged against fear itself. Bringing the vibrant field of affect theory to bear on theories of torture and power, Richardson adopts an interdisciplinary approach to show how testimony founded in affect can bear witness to torture and its traumas. Grounded in provocative readings of poems by Guantanamo detainees, memoirs of interrogators and detainees, contemporary films, the Bush Administration's Torture Memos, and fiction by George Orwell, Franz Kafka, Arthur Koestler, Anne Michaels, and Janette Turner Hospital, Michael Richardson traces the workings of affect, biopower, and aesthetics to re-think literary testimony. Gestures of Testimony gives shape to a mode of affective witnessing, a reaching beyond the page in the writing of torture that reveals violent trauma - even as it embodies its veiling.

Trauma and Literature

Author: J. Roger Kurtz
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316821277
Format: PDF, ePub
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As a concept, 'trauma' has attracted a great deal of interest in literary studies. A key term in psychoanalytic approaches to literary study, trauma theory represents a critical approach that enables new modes of reading and of listening. It is a leading concept of our time, applicable to individuals, cultures, and nations. This book traces how trauma theory has come to constitute a discrete but influential approach within literary criticism in recent decades. It offers an overview of the genesis and growth of literary trauma theory, recording the evolution of the concept of trauma in relation to literary studies. In twenty-one essays, covering the origins, development, and applications of trauma in literary studies, Trauma and Literature addresses the relevance and impact this concept has in the field.

Die unbekannte Terroristin

Author: Richard Flanagan
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 3492975178
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In einem Fußballstadion werden drei Bomben entdeckt, - und Gina Davis verbringt eine Nacht mit einem Fremden. Als sie aufwacht, ist er verschwunden und sie eine mutmaßliche Terroristin. Noch bevor sie sich stellen und alles aufklären kann, entgleitet ihr die Kontrolle über ihr gesamtes Leben. Wer soll ihr noch glauben? Sogar sie selbst kann sich der endlosen Schleife der Fernsehbilder kaum entziehen: Tariq und sie auf den Bildern der Überwachungskameras, Schnitt. Die Bomben im Stadion, Schnitt. Anschläge in Städten auf der ganzen Welt. Gina wird klar, dass diese gigantische politische und mediale Maschinerie nicht mehr zu stoppen ist. In nur drei Tagen ist aus ihr ein vollkommen anderer Mensch geworden: sie ist der Feind. Und sie ist die Angst vor der Bedrohung durch das Unbekannte, das unsere Welt dieser Tage in Schrecken versetzt.

Traumatic Affect

Author: Meera Atkinson
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub
ISBN: 9781443848671
Format: PDF, ePub
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Traumatic Affect examines the intersection of trauma theory and affect theory, two areas of crucial relevance to contemporary thought. While both fields continue to offer insights into individual and collective experience, exploring their nexus offers timely and necessary critiques of film, literature, art, culture and politics. This collection of essays by established and emerging thinkers considers the dynamic relations within and between affect and trauma. Varied in style and approach, this volume 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. Thus the contributors reimagine the unrepresentability of trauma, reveal its affective economies, and chart innovative understandings of experiences, embodiments, and events. 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, Traumatic Affect traverses diverse terrain: gesture and the everyday, cinema and torture, art and writing, civility and specters, media representation and Indigenous Australian 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 at the juncture between trauma and affect, illuminating pressing realities that demand engagement.