Writing History, Writing Trauma
By (author) Dominick LaCapra
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Writing History, Writing Trauma by Dominick LaCapra
Book DescriptionTrauma and its often symptomatic aftermath pose acute problems for historical representation and understanding. In Writing History, Writing Trauma, Dominick LaCapra provides a broad-ranging, critical inquiry into the problem of trauma, notably with respect to major historical events. In a series of interlocking essays, he explores theoretical and literary-critical attempts to come to terms with trauma as well as the crucial role post-traumatic testimonies-particularly Holocaust testimonies-have assumed in recent thought and writing. In doing so, he adapts psychoanalytic concepts to historical analysis and employs sociocultural and political critique to elucidate trauma and its after effects in culture and in people. In the first chapter LaCapra addresses trauma from the perspective of history as a discipline. He then lays a theoretical groundwork for the book as a whole, exploring the concept of historical specificity and insisting on the difference between transhistorical and historical trauma. Subsequent chapters consider how Holocaust testimonies raise the problem of the role of affect and empathy in historical understanding, and respond to the debates surrounding Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's book Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust. The book's concluding essay, "Writing (About) Trauma," examines the various ways that the voice of trauma emerges in written and oral accounts of historical events. Theoretically ambitious and historically informed, Writing History, Writing Trauma is an important contribution from one of today's foremost experts on trauma.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801864964
(229mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 24-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Dominick LaCapra
Writing History, Writing Trauma, Paperback (September 2014)
This updated edition includes a substantive new preface that reconsiders some of the issues raised in the book.
History, Literature, Critical Theory, Paperback (April 2013)
In this book, Dominick LaCapra continues his exploration of the complex relations between history and literature, considering history as both process and representation.
History and its Limits, Paperback (April 2009)
Dominick LaCapra's History and Its Limits articulates the relations among intellectual history, cultural history, and critical theory, examining the recent rise of "Practice Theory" and probing the limitations of prevalent forms of humanism.
History in Transit, Paperback (April 2004)» View all books by Dominick LaCapra
An exploration of the links within the study of history between experience and identity, history and various theories of subjectivity, extreme events and their representation, institutional structures and the knowledge produced within them.
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Author Biography - Dominick LaCapra
Dominick LaCapra is in the Andrew D. White Center for Humanities at Cornell University.
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