Extremities

Extremities : Trauma, Testimony, and Community

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How do we come to terms with what can't be forgotten? How do we bear witness to extreme experiences that challenge the limits of language? This remarkable volume explores the emotional, political, and aesthetic dimensions of testimonies to trauma as they translate private anguish into public space. Nancy K. Miller and Jason Tougaw have assembled a collection of essays that trace the legacy of the Holocaust and subsequent events that have shaped twentieth-century history and still haunt contemporary culture. Extremities combines personal and scholarly approaches to a wide range of texts that bear witness to shocking and moving accounts of individual trauma: Toni Morrison's "Beloved", Sylvia Plath's "Daddy" and "Lady Lazarus," Kathryn Harrison's "The Kiss", Tatana Kellner's "Holocaust Art", Ruth Klger's powerful memoir "Still Alive", and Binjamin Wilkomirski's controversial narrative of concentration camp suffering Fragments. The book grapples with the cultural and social effects of historical crises, including the Montreal Massacre, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and the medical catastrophes of HIV/AIDS and breast cancer. Developing insights from autobiography, psychoanalysis, feminist theory and gender studies, the authors demonstrate that testimonies of troubling and taboo subjects do more than just add to the culture of confession - they transform identities and help reimagine the boundaries of community. "Extremities" offers an original and timely interpretive guide to the growing field of trauma studies. The volume includes essays by Ross Chambers, Sandra M. Gilbert, Susan Gubar, Marianne Hirsch, Wayne Koestenbaum, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and others.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 155.4 x 229.6 x 22.9mm | 444.53g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0252070542
  • 9780252070549
  • 1,184,082

Table of contents

Introduction : extremities / Nancy K. Miller and Jason Tougaw -- Consuming trauma, or, The pleasures of merely circulating / Patricia Yaeger -- Between the extreme and the everyday : Ruth Kliger's traumatic realism / Michael Rothberg -- Marked by memory : feminist reflections on trauma and transmission / Marianne Hirsch -- Orphaned memories, foster-writing, phantom pain : the fragments affair / Ross Chambers -- Prosopopoeia and holocaust poetry in English : the case of Sylvia Plath / Susan Gubar -- Holocaust testimony, national memory / Orly Lubin -- Unbearable witness : toward a politics of listening / Wendy Hui Kyong Chun -- Testimony and the subjects of aids memoirs / Jason Tougaw -- Off my chest / Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick -- Memory stains : Annie Ernaux's shame / Nancy K. Miller -- After Lot's daughters : Kathryn Harrison and the making of memory / Laura Frost -- The aryan boy / Wayne Koestenbaum -- A palinode on photography and the transsexual real / Jay Prosser -- Writing wrong / Sandra M. Gilbert.show more

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