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Haunted Narratives: Life Writing in an Age of Trauma Gabriele Rippl

Haunted Narratives: Life Writing in an Age of Trauma

Gabriele Rippl

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ISBN : 9781442646018
Hardcover
352 pages
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Exploring life writing from a variety of cultural contexts, Haunted Narratives provides new insights into how individuals and communities across time and space deal with traumatic experiences and haunting memories. From the perspectives of traumaMoreExploring life writing from a variety of cultural contexts, Haunted Narratives provides new insights into how individuals and communities across time and space deal with traumatic experiences and haunting memories. From the perspectives of trauma theory, memory studies, gender studies, literary studies, philosophy, and post-colonial studies, the volume stresses the lingering, haunting presence of the past in the present. The contributors focus on the psychological, ethical, and representational difficulties involved in narrative negotiations of traumatic memories.Haunted Narratives focuses on life writing in the broadest sense of the term: biographies and autobiographies that deal with traumatic experiences, autobiographically inspired fictions on loss and trauma, and limit-cases that transcend clear-cut distinctions between the factual and the fictional. In discussing texts as diverse as Toni Morrisons Beloved, Vikram Seths Two Lives, deportation narratives of Baltic women, Christa Wolfs Kindheitsmuster, Joy Kogawas Obasan, and Ene Mihkelsons Ahasveeruse uni, the contributors add significantly to current debates on life writing, trauma, and memory- the contested notion of cultural trauma- and the transferability of clinical-psychological notions to the study of literature and culture.