A Poetics of Trauma after 9/11: Representing Trauma in a by Katharina Donn

By Katharina Donn

The Sept. 11 assaults introduced large-scale violence into the 21st century with strength and feature come to epitomize the entanglement of intimate vulnerability and digital spectacle that's regular of the globalized current. This e-book works on the intersection of trauma reviews, impact conception, and literary reports to supply notably new interpretive frames for interrogating the demanding situations inherent in representing the preliminary moments of the terrorist stumble upon. past the paradigm of demanding unspeakability, post-9/11 texts reveal the materiality of the human physique in its common vulnerability. The intersubjective empathy this engenders is politically subversive, because it undermines the discourse of historic singularity and exceptionalism by means of setting up a world community of reference and discussion. cutting edge theoretical interconnections among scientific pathology, strategies of cultural trauma, and political aesthetics lay the rules for exploring officially and geographically diversified texts. shut readings of works by means of Jonathan Safran Foer, paintings Spiegelman, Don DeLillo, and William Gibson map the connection among representations of Sept. 11 and complicated points of trauma conception. This distinctive method makes a case for revisiting trauma concept and bringing its Freudian origins into the digitized current. It showcases trauma as a actual and mental wound in addition to an event that's concurrently pre-discursive and inhibited by way of the virtuality of the present-day actual. Exploring how modern trauma stories can take note of the digitization and virtuality of present-day realities, this e-book is a key intervention in constructing a modern ethics of witnessing terror.

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