Interrogating Trauma: Collective Suffering in Global Arts and Media

1st Edition

Mick Broderick, Antonio Traverso

Routledge
Published February 15, 2013
Reference - 208 Pages - 13 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415845328 - CAT# Y150663

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Summary

Throughout the past century, traumatic experiences have been re-enacted frequently by evolving media and art forms. Now there is a significant body of theory across academic disciplines focused on the representation of cataclysmic European and US historical events. However, less critical attention has been devoted to the representation of havoc outside the West, even though depictions of Third-World disasters saturate contemporary media and art around the globe.

This book considers traumatic histories internationally in a broad range of creative arts and visual media representations. Deploying diverse applications of the conventional theories of trauma, it examines the theoretical limitations at the same time as considering alternative methodologies. Interrogating Trauma is concerned with the examination of the concept of trauma, and how it is (often unproblematically) used to theorise the cultural representation of disaster and atrocity. It offers a theorisation of trauma, in order to reappraise the relationship between cultural representation and the socio-historical processes which are marked by violence, conflict and suffering.

This book was published as a special issue of Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies.

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