The art and science of trauma and the autobiographical : negotiated truths

Jensen, Margaret (2019) The art and science of trauma and the autobiographical : negotiated truths. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 299p. (Palgrave Studies in Life Writing) ISBN 9783030061067

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Abstract

This book examines posttraumatic autobiographical projects, elucidating the complex relationship between the ‘science of trauma’ (and how that idea is understood across various scientific disciplines), and the rhetorical strategies of fragmentation, dissociation, reticence and repetitive troping widely used the representation of traumatic experience. From autobiographical fictions to prison poems, from witness testimony to autography, and from testimonio to war memorials, otherwise dissimilar projects speak of past suffering through a limited and even predictable discourse in search of healing. Drawing on approaches from literary, human rights and cultural studies that highlight relations between trauma, language, meaning and self-hood, and the latest research on the science of trauma from the fields of clinical, behavioral and evolutionary psychology and neuroscience, I read such autobiographical projects not as ‘symptoms’ but as complex interrogative negotiations of trauma and its aftermath: commemorative and performative narratives navigating aesthetic, biological, cultural, linguistic and emotional pressure and inspiration.

Item Type: Book
Research Area: English language and literature
Psychology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Arts, Culture and Communication
Depositing User: Margaret Jensen
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2020 16:08
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2020 16:08
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-06106-7
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/43998

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