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Writing History, Writing Trauma

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Trauma and its often symptomatic aftermath pose acute problems for historical representation and understanding. In Writing History, Writing Trauma, Dominick LaCapra provides a broad-ranging, critical inquiry into the problem of trauma, notably with respect to major historical events. In a series of interlocking essays, he explores theoretical and literary-critical attempts ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published November 2nd 2000 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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John David
Dominick LaCapra is a Cornell historian concerned with history and historiography, especially how traumatic experiences (which he also refers to as “limit experiences”) relate to historical writing. He might be called one of the first writers to ask serious questions about what has lately come to be known as “trauma studies,” in which he integrates concepts from psychoanalysis, critical and literary theory, and philosophy all for the purpose of better understanding, talking about, and writing ab ...more
Dec 02, 2009 Rebekah rated it liked it
For a man who scorns footnotes, there are far too many. Great ideas in terms of truama theory and issues of historical "truth" but very dense, unnecessarily confusing.
Steve Cucharo
Dec 10, 2015 Steve Cucharo rated it it was amazing
Really illuminating. I learned a lot. Interesting implications for the study of trauma in philosophy, psychology, history, political science and literary criticism.
Feb 05, 2011 Kylie rated it liked it
I have about 15 pages left but I'm going to call it done since the class is moving on to our next book.

There are some really good concepts and theories in this book that I would have loved to have spent more time wrapping my head around but some parts of it were really dense which made for a slow read every now and then.
Isadora Wagner
Jul 18, 2013 Isadora Wagner rated it really liked it
Shelves: war, trauma, theory
La Capra's resistance to a totalitizing view of trauma (what he calls contemporary "wound" culture) is refreshing. His blend of historiography, trauma theory approaches, Holocaust studies, and psychoanalysis makes this book a must-read for anyone working in the trauma and war literary studies field.
Jul 31, 2009 Marilena rated it it was amazing
A serious study on trauma and Holocaust, on acting out and working through.
However I will have to read Freud too...hmmmm...
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