Childhood Traumas: Narratives and Representations

1st Edition

Kamayani Kumar, Angelie Multani

Routledge India
September 27, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 260 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138611924 - CAT# K389210


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This volume contributes to understanding childhoods in the 20th and 21st century by offering an in-depth overview of children and their engagement with the violent world around them. The chapters deal with different historical, spatial, and cultural contexts, yet converge on the question of how children relate to physiological and psychological violence.

The 20th century has been hailed as the ‘century of the child’ but it has also witnessed an unprecedented escalation of cultural trauma experienced by children during the two World Wars, Holocaust, Partition of the Indian subcontinent, and Vietnam War. The essays in this volume focus on victimized childhood during instances of war, ethnic violence, migration under compulsion, rape, and provide insights into how a child negotiates with abstract notions of nation, ethnicity, belonging, identity, and religion. They use an array of literary and cinematic representations — fiction, paintings, films, and popular culture — to explore the long-term effect of violence and neglect on children. As such, they lend voice to children whose experiences of abuse have been multifaceted, ranging from genocide, conflict and xenophobia to sexual abuse, as also consider ways of healing.

With contributions from across the world, this comprehensive book will be useful to scholars and researchers of cultural studies, literature, education, education policy, gender studies, child psychology, sociology, political studies, childhood studies, and those studying trauma, conflict and resilience.

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