Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature

It May Be Said That Every Trauma Is Two Traumas Or Ten Thousand Depending On The Number Of People Involved How One Experiences And Reacts To An Event Is Unique And Depends Largely On One S Direct Or Indirect Positioning, Personal Psychic History, And Individual Memories But Equally Important To The Experience Of Trauma Are The Broader Political And Cultural Contexts Within Which A Catastrophe Takes Place And How It Is Managed By Institutional Forces, Including The Media In Trauma Culture, E Ann Kaplan Explores The Relationship Between The Impact Of Trauma On Individuals And On Entire Cultures And Nations Arguing That Humans Possess A Compelling Need To Draw Meaning From Personal Experience And To Communicate What Happens To Others, She Examines The Artistic, Literary, And Cinematic Forms That Are Often Used To Bridge The Individual And Collective Experience A Number Of Case Studies, Including Sigmund Freud S Moses And Monotheism, Marguerite Duras La Douleur, Sarah Kofman S Rue Ordener, Rue Labat, Alfred Hitchcock S Spellbound, And Tracey Moffatt S Night Cries, Reveal How Empathy Can Be Fostered Without The Sensationalistic Element That Typifies The Media From World War II To 9 11, This Passionate Study Eloquently Navigates The Contentious Debates Surrounding Trauma Theory And Persuasively Advocates The Responsible Sharing And Translating Of Catastrophe.Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature

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  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature
  • E. Ann Kaplan
  • English
  • 20 October 2017
  • 9780813535913

10 thoughts on “Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature

  1. says:

    Undoubtedly, the most useful portions of this book are Kaplan s careful connections between trauma theory and language and stages associated with trauma and the experiences of taking in media particularly as related to film and news For the most part, this work is done in the first half of the book, with later chapters being fully devoted to film studies and close readings of these films and projects, including documentaries.There are some frustrating aspects to this work, however when not in a mode of close reading , Kaplan tends to become heavily invested in the rhetoric of her subjects, sometimes asking so many questions one after another, without break that they simply become a barrage of quandaries many of which are never answered, or in some cases, even addressed Similarly, my impression is that some of her arguments are fairly one sided I m not someone who is particularly versed in film and media studies, but Kaplan sometimes gives scathing critiques particularly in regard to news reporting which criticize without giving any suggestion of how things should be approached differently For instance, she criticizes the fragmentary nature of reporting on war, from nightly news and from newspapers, particularly in her discussion of empty empathy and her argument against pushing viewers to understand one personal story instead of the larger issues however, she fails to discuss, even briefly, how this might be accomplished when one ...

  2. says:

    Kaplan s work focuses on collective trauma and individual trauma, built on memories mixed with fantasies of prior catastrophes, on the particular cultural and political context within which a catastrophe takes place, and especially how it is managed by institutional forces The divergence of European and American perspectives on 9 11 attacks underpin the real psychological trauma of a terror attack and processes of signification by exposure The same arg...

  3. says:

    This recent addition otthe trauma literature approaches the issue predominantly from a perspective of cultural analysis looking for traces of the impacts of trauma in writings, media and other sources of cultural material It covers some interesting theoretical territory including psychological impacts, sociological...

  4. says:

    I haven t actually read this whole book yet, but working on getting back to it.

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