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If Freud turns to literature to describe traumatic experience, it is because literature, like psychoanalysis, is interested in the complex relation between knowing and not knowing, and it is at this specific point at which knowing and not knowing intersect that the psychoanalytic theory of traumatic experience and the language of literature meet.--from the Introduction

In Unclaimed Experience, Cathy Caruth proposes that in the widespread and bewildering experience of trauma in our century--both in its occurrence and in our attempt to understand it--we can recognize the possibility of a history no longer based on simple models of straightforward experience and reference. Through the notion of trauma, she contends, we come to a new understanding that permits history to arise where immediate understanding is impossible. In her wide-ranging discussion, Caruth engages Freud's theory of trauma as outlined in Moses and Monotheism and Beyond the Pleasure Principle; the notion of reference and the figure of the falling body in de Man, Kleist, and Kant; the narratives of personal catastrophe in Hiroshima mon amour; and the traumatic address in Lecompte's reinterpretation of Freud's narrative of the dream of the burning child.

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Cathy Caruth has emerged as one of our most innovative scholars on what we call trauma, and on our ways of perceiving and conceptualizing that still mysterious phenomenon.--Robert Jay Lifton, M.D., author of Hiroshima in America and The Protean Self.

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This work examines the links between the languages of literature and psychoanalysis, in terms of their uses in the analysis of trauma in the 20th century. The author argues that, through the notion of trauma, we come to see that history can arise where immediate understanding is impossible.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [113]-146) and index.

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Lydia Koerner, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by Lydia Koerner)
This is a required reading for my East Asian Cinema class and all of Caruth's ideas are easy to pull apart and then reconstruct but still have the same concept. This is an easy read and a good stepping stone for conversations. This book is phenomenal and I highly recommend seeing the films Caruth discusses.
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This is a required reading for my East Asian Cinema class and all of Caruth's ideas are easy to pull apart and then reconstruct but still have the same concept. This is an easy read and a good stepping stone for conversations. This book is phenomenal and I highly recommend seeing the films Caruth discusses.
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ISBN:
9780801852473
Author:
Caruth, Cathy
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Location:
Baltimore :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Literature and society
Subject:
Literature, Modern
Subject:
Psychic trauma in literature.
Subject:
Disasters in literature.
Subject:
Literature and society -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
R 99 =
Publication Date:
19960631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
172
Dimensions:
8.53x5.60x.45 in. .47 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Cathy Caruth has emerged as one of our most innovative scholars on what we call trauma, and on our ways of perceiving and conceptualizing that still mysterious phenomenon.--Robert Jay Lifton, M.D., author of Hiroshima in America and The Protean Self.
"Synopsis" by , This work examines the links between the languages of literature and psychoanalysis, in terms of their uses in the analysis of trauma in the 20th century. The author argues that, through the notion of trauma, we come to see that history can arise where immediate understanding is impossible.
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