This book occurs at the intersection of philosophy, critical theory, psychoanalysis and the visual arts. Each chapter looks at art produced in various traumatogenic cultures: detention centres, post-Holocaust film, autobiography and many more.Other chapters look at the Juarez femicides, the production of collective memory, of makeshift memorials, acts of forgiveness and contemporary forms of trauma. The book proposes new ways of 'thinking trauma', foregrounding the possibility of healing and the task that the critical humanities has to play in this healing. Where is its place in an increasingly terror-haunted world, where personal and collective trauma is as much of an everyday occurrence as it is incomprehensible?
What has become known as the 'classical model of trauma' has foregrounded the unrepresentability of the traumatic event. New, revisionist approaches seek to move beyond an aporetic understanding of trauma, investigating both intersubjective and intrasubjective psychic processes of healing. Traumatic memory is not always verbal and 'iconic' forms of communication are part of the arts of healing.
Arleen Ionescu, Maria Margaroni, Introduction / Part I: Holocaust Trauma and the Ambivalence of Healing: Irreverent Takes / 1. Ivan Callus (University of Malta), Unfamiliar Healing: Reconsidering the Fragment in Narratives of Holocaust Trauma / 2. Arleen Ionescu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University), Forgiving as Self-Healing? The Case of Eva Mozes Kor / 3. Lucia Ispas (University of Ploiesti), (Mis)Representing Trauma through Humour: Roberto Benigniʼs La vita è bella / Part II: Mass Trauma, Art and the Healing Politics of Place / 4. Mieke Bal (University of Amsterdam), Improving Public Space: Trauma Art and Retrospective-Futuristic Healing / 5. Ernst van Alphen (University of Leiden), Transforming Trauma into Memory / 6. Radhika Mohanram (Cardiff University), Textures of Indian Memories 7. Irene Scicluna (Cardiff University), How Do We Mourn? A Look at Makeshift Memorials / Part III: Intimate Healing / 8. Laurent Milesi (Shanghai Jiao Tong University), Literature between Antidote and Black Magic: The Autofiction of Chloé Delaume / 9. Olga Michael (University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus), Queer Trauma, Paternal Loss, and Graphic Healing in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic / 10. Nicholas Chare (University of Montréal), Concrete Loss: Attesting to Trauma in Teresa Margolles’s Karla, Hilario Reyes Gallegos / 11. Maria Margaroni (University of Cyprus), The Monstrosity of the New Wounded: Thinking Trauma, Survival and Resistance with Catherine Malabou and Julia Kristeva
Arleen Ionescu is Tenured Professor of English Literature and Critical Theory at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Research supported by the Program for Professor of Special Appointment (Eastern Scholar) at Shanghai Institutions of Higher Learning.
Maria Margaroni is Associate Professor in Literary Theory and Feminist Thought at the University of Cyprus.