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The Routledge Companion to Literature and Trauma

Edited By Colin Davis, Hanna Meretoja Copyright 2020
    496 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
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    Literary trauma studies is a rapidly developing field which examines how literature deals with the personal and cultural aspects of trauma and engages with such historical and current phenomena as the Holocaust and other genocides, 9/11, climate catastrophe or the still unsettled legacy of colonialism.

    The Routledge Companion to Literature and Trauma

    is a comprehensive guide to the history and theory of trauma studies, including key concepts, consideration of critical perspectives and discussion of future developments. It also explores different genres and media, such as poetry, life-writing, graphic narratives, photography and post-apocalyptic fiction, and analyses how literature engages with particular traumatic situations and events, such as the Holocaust, the Occupation of France, the Rwandan genocide, Hurricane Katrina and transgenerational nuclear trauma.

    Forty essays from top thinkers in the field demonstrate the range and vitality of trauma studies as it has been used to further the understanding of literature and other cultural forms across the world.

    Chapter 2 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 

    Introduction to Literary Trauma Studies

    Colin Davis and Hanna Meretoja

    Part 1: Sources and Inspirations

      1. History of Trauma Theory
      2. Nicole Sütterlin

      3. Philosophies of Trauma
      4. Hanna Meretoja

      5. Trauma, Poststructuralism and Ethics
      6. Colin Davis

      7. Theories of Cultural Trauma
      8. Todd Madigan

      9. Trauma and Cultural Memory Studies
      10. Rosanne Kennedy

      11. Testimony
      12. Meg Jensen

      13. Trauma, Time and Address
      14. Cathy Caruth

        Part 2: Key Concepts

      15. Victimhood
      16. Susana Onega

      17. Perpetrator Trauma
      18. Erin McGlothlin

      19. Witnessing
      20. Carolyn Dean

      21. Screen Memory
      22. Max Silverman

      23. Working-Through
      24. Jean-Michel Ganteau

      25. Affect
      26. Andreea Ritivoi

      27. Narrative
      28. Jakob Lothe

      29. Gender
      30. Sharon Marquart

      31. Intersectionality

    Kaisa Ilmonen

    Part 3: Critical Perspectives and Future Directions

    17. Cosmological Trauma and Postcolonial Modernity

    Sam Durrant and Ryan Topper

    18. Trauma and the Implicated Subject

    Michael Rothberg

    19. Transcultural Empathy

    Katja Garloff

    20. Cognitive Approaches to Trauma and Literature

    Joshua Pederson

    21. Trauma, Critical Posthumanism and New Materialism

    Deniz Gundogan Ibrisim

    22. Trauma Studies in the Digital Age

    Anna Menyhért

    23. Reading Literatures of Trauma in the Age of Globalization

    Kaisa Kaakinen

    24. Trauma, Illness and Narrative in the Medical Humanities

    Jo Winning

    25. Climate Trauma

    Stef Craps

    Part 4: Genres and Media

    26. Trauma and Fiction

    Robert Eaglestone

    27. Trauma and Poetry

    Charles Armstrong

    28. Trauma and Life Writing

    Leena Kurvet-Käosaar

    29. Graphic Narratives as Trauma Fiction

    Katalin Orban

    30. Trauma and Drama/Theatre/Performance

    Patrick Duggan

    31. Trauma and Photography

    Cécile Bishop

    32. Post-Apocalyptic Fiction and the Future Anterior

    Jouni Teittinen

    Part 5: Places and Events

    33. Trauma in Holocaust Literature

    Sue Vice

    34. The German Occupation of France, 1940-44

    Avril Tynan

    35. The Vietnam War

    Mark Heberle

    36. The Rwandan Genocide

    Josias Semujanga

    37. 9/11

    Lucy Bond

    38. The Iraq War

    Patrick Deer

    39. Katrina

    Eric Doise

    40. Transgenerational Nuclear Trauma

    Gabrielle Schwab


    Colin Davis is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

    Hanna Meretoja is Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory at the University of Turku, Finland.

    Contributors to this ambitious, far-ranging volume explore the way trauma has been treated in literature, from fiction to testimonial writing and visual media. These explorations, sometimes convergent and at other times divergent, will engage readers across various disciplines and may well offer bases to elaborate further possibilities and limits in the critical understanding of trauma and trauma studies.

    Dominick LaCapra