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The Trauma Question

The Trauma Question

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By (author) Roger Luckhurst

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 15mm | 385g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415402719
  • ISBN 13: 9780415402712
  • Illustrations note: 6 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 265,390

Product description

In this book, Roger Luckhurst both introduces and advances the fields of cultural memory and trauma studies, tracing the ways in which ideas of trauma have become a major element in contemporary Western conceptions of the self. The Trauma Question outlines the origins of the concept of trauma across psychiatric, legal and cultural-political sources from the 1860s to the coining of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in 1980. It further explores the nature and extent of 'trauma culture' from 1980 to the present, drawing upon a range of cultural practices from literature, memoirs and confessional journalism through to photography and film. The study covers a diverse range of cultural works, including writers such as Toni Morrison, Stephen King and W. G. Sebald, artists Tracey Emin, Christian Boltanski and Tracey Moffatt, and film-makers David Lynch and Atom Egoyan. The Trauma Question offers a significant and fascinating step forward for those seeking a greater understanding of the controversial and ever-expanding field of trauma research.

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Author information

Roger Luckhurst teaches in the School of English and Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of "The Angle Between the Walls": The Fiction of J.G. Ballard (1997), The Invention of Telepathy (2002) and Science Fiction (2005).

Table of contents

Introduction Part One: Etymology 1. The Genealogy of a Concept Part Two: Cultural Symptoms Introduction: Trauma and Narrative Knowledge 2. Trauma in Narrative Fiction 3. My So-Called Life: The Memoir Boom 4. The Intrusive Image: Photography and Trauma 5. Flashbacks, Mosaics and Loops: Trauma and Narrative Cinema Afterward Bibiography