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Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History

by Brand: Johns Hopkins University Press


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  • "If Freud turns to literature to describe traumatic experience, it is because literature, like psychoanalysis, is
    interested in the complex relation between knowing and not knowing, and it is at this specific point at which knowing
    and not knowing intersect that the psychoanalytic theory of traumatic experience and the language of literature
    meet."―from the Introduction

    In Unclaimed Experience, Cathy Caruth proposes that in the "widespread and bewildering experience of trauma" in our
    century―both in its occurrence and in our attempt to understand it―we can recognize the possibility of a history no
    longer based on simple models of straightforward experience and reference. Through the notion of trauma, she contends,
    we come to a new understanding that permits history to arise where immediate understanding is impossible. In her
    wide-ranging discussion, Caruth engages Freud's theory of trauma as outlined in Moses and Monotheism and Beyond the
    Pleasure Principle; the notion of reference and the figure of the falling body in de Man, Kleist, and Kant; the
    narratives of personal catastrophe in Hiroshima mon amour; and the traumatic address in Lecompte's reinterpretation of
    Freud's narrative of the dream of the burning child.

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