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Witness and Memory The Discourse of Trauma

ISBN-10: 0415944554
ISBN-13: 9780415944557
Edition: 2003
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/18/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

In an era of atrocities, and in a world of increasingly marked by traumatic shocks to human bodies and minds, we are challenged to understand the nature of violence and its effects. One response to this demand has emerged in the form of witness discourse. This collection challenges the assumed accuracy of various "discourses of trauma." The essays uncover a number of paradoxes and problems related to the act of witnessing, including questions of individual versus collective voice, the intersection of history and memory, unmediated truth and literary form, and the commercialism and fraud that have plagued efforts to "remember" atrocities. This is a landmark collection within the anthropology of violence and witness studies, a discipline inaugurated within the last two decades. It accomplished a tight focus while tackling seemingly disparate topics: from Rigoberta Mechu to O.J. Simpson, and from feminist poetry toHiroshima Mon Amour. With approaches ranging from anthropological and historical toliterary and philosophical, this collection is very engaging in both subject matter and writing style and has the potential for course adoption in a variety of disciplines.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Menchu Effect: Strategic Lies and Approximate Truths in Texts of Witness
Excessive Witnessing: The Ethical as Temptation
Witness in the Wilderness: The Tropical Tryst of Claude Levi-Strauss and Theodore Roosevelt
An All White Jury: Judging Citizenship in the Simpson Criminal Trial
Poetry, Witness, Feminism
Poetic Witness: Writing the Real
The Burning Babe: Children, Film Narrative, and the Figures of Historical Witness
The Limits of Vision: Hiroshima Mon Amour and the Subversion of Representation
Ex/propriating Survivor Experience, or Auschwitz "after" Lyotard
Between History and Memory: The Voice of the Eyewitness
Notes on Contributors
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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