Haunting Legacies Violent Histories and Transgenerational Trauma

ISBN-10: 0231152574
ISBN-13: 9780231152570
Edition: 2010
Authors: Gabriele Schwab
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Description: From mass murder to genocide, slavery to colonial suppression, acts of atrocity have lives that extend far beyond the horrific moment. They engender trauma that echoes through later generations, for those on both sides of the act. Gabriele Schwab  More...

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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/19/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.90" wide x 8.80" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

From mass murder to genocide, slavery to colonial suppression, acts of atrocity have lives that extend far beyond the horrific moment. They engender trauma that echoes through later generations, for those on both sides of the act. Gabriele Schwab reads these legacies in a number of narratives, primarily through the writing of postwar Germans and the descendents of Holocaust survivors. She connects their work to earlier histories of slavery and colonialism and to more recent events, such as South African Apartheid, the practice of torture after 9/11, and the "disappearances" that occurred during South American dictatorships.Schwab's texts include memoirs (Ruth Kluger's Still Aliveand Marguerite Duras's La Douleur), second-generation accounts by the children of Holocaust survivors (Georges Perec's W, Art Spiegelman's Maus, and Philippe Grimbert's Secret), and second-generation recollections by Germans (W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz, Sabine Reichel's What Did You Do in The War, Daddy?, and Ursula Duba's Tales from a Child of the Enemy). She also incorporates her own reminiscences of growing up in postwar Germany, mapping networks of interlaced memories and histories as they interact in psychic life and cultural memory. Her critical approach draws on theories from psychoanalysis, postcolonialism, and trauma studies, and Schwab concludes with a bracing look at issues of responsibility, reparation, and forgiveness across the victim/perpetrator divide.

Bill Maurer is associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of three books, including Mutual Life, Limited: Islamic Banking, Alternative Currencies, Lateral Reason.Gabriele Schwab is Chancellor's Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, and faculty associate in anthropology. She is the author of four books, including Subjects Without Selves: Transitional Texts in Modern Fictionand The Mirror and the Killer-Queen: Otherness in Literary Language.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Writing Against Memory and Forgetting
Haunting Legacies: Trauma in Children of Perpetrators
Identity Trouble: Guilt, Shame, and Idealization
Replacement Children: The Transgenerational Transmission of Traumatic Loss
Deadly Intimacy: The Politics and Psychic Life of Torture
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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