Extremities: Trauma, Testimony, and Community

Front Cover
University of Illinois Press, 2002 - Literary Collections - 287 pages
0 Reviews
"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."
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

II
25
III
55
IV
71
V
92
VI
112
VII
131
VIII
143
IX
166
XI
197
XII
213
XIII
230
XIV
238
XV
260
XVI
271
XVII
275
Copyright

X
186

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

Bibliographic information