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Reading Trauma and Memory
Reading Trauma and Memory offers global perspectives on representations of trauma and memory while examining the tensions, limitations, and responsibilities that accompany the status of the witness. This series attempts to bridge the gap between trauma studies and new directions in the fields of memory studies, popular culture, and race theory and seeks submissions that closely read literature and culture for representations of traumatic wounding, the limits of memory, and the ethical duty to depict historical trauma and its effects.
Given its breadth, this series will appeal to scholars in a number of interdisciplinary fields; given the specific angle of trauma and memory, it will capture those who see ethics and responsibility as key factors in their scholarship. Such areas include: Holocaust studies; war trauma and PTSD; illness and disability; the trauma of migration and immigration; memory studies; race studies; gender and sexuality studies (which has recently had a resurgence with the #MeToo movement); studies in popular culture that take up television and films about witness; and the study of social and historical movements.
We are seeking projects that question how to honor the past through close readings of literature focused on trauma and memory – which would necessarily take on international perspectives. Examples include a consideration of literature, justice, and Rwanda through a postcolonial and trauma lens; recent thinking on the phenomenon of “American Crime Story” and the resurgence of interest in the OJ Simpson trial that parallels the narrative of the Black Lives Matter movement; readings of the attempts of popular culture to address issues of historical injustice as exemplified by
12 Years a Slave
Aimee Pozorski and Nicholas Ealy
Dr. Sarah Senk (California State University Maritime Academy), Dr. Jennifer Yusin (Drexel University), Dr. Avi Patt (University of Hartford), Dr. Laurence Petit (Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3), Dr. Maren Scheurer (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main), Dr. Miriam Jaffe (Rutgers University), Dr. Dominick D. Rolle (Winston-Salem State University), Dr. Walter Kalaidjian, (Emory University), Dr. Mikhal Dekel (City College of NY)
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Jessica Thwaite (
Occupying Memory: Rhetoric, Trauma, Mourning
Lexington Books • November 2018 • Monograph