The Art and Science of Trauma and the Autobiographical Book
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The Art and Science of Trauma and the Autobiographical

  • Author : Meg Jensen
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2019-01-04
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 299
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030061067

The Art and Science of Trauma and the Autobiographical Excerpt :

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.

Performing Autobiography Book

Performing Autobiography

  • Author : Katrina M. Powell
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2021-06-14
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 209
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030645984

Performing Autobiography Excerpt :

Performing Auto/biography: Narrating a Life as Activism analyzes the rhetorical strategies employed in five authors’ auto/biographical texts, examining their representations of identities and the public implications of writing individual identity. Exploring the ways race, class, culture, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality might affect the form(s) in which writers choose to write (e.g., memoir, fictional autobiography, poetry), questions how autobiographers challenge notions of genre, truth, and representation. This builds on the argument that constructing identity is a Performing Autobiography performance, one that can simultaneously use and subvert traditional notions of rhetoric and genre. By examining the auto/biographical texts of Zora Neale Hurston, Audre Lorde, Dorothy Allison, Joyce Johnson, and Shirley Geok-lin Lim together, the book theorizes self-representation and genres as rhetorical performances, and therefore their texts can be seen as “performative auto/biography”—transgressive archives where readers are asked to consider their own identities and act accordingly. In doing so, this book contributes to growing theories in feminist rhetorics and auto/biography studies, arguing that these performative genres advocate for life narratives as political and social activism.

The Routledge Companion to Literature and Trauma Book
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The Routledge Companion to Literature and Trauma

  • Author : Colin Davis
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-05-11
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351025201

The Routledge Companion to Literature and Trauma Excerpt :

Literary trauma studies is a rapidly developing field which examines how literature deals with the personal and cultural aspects of trauma and engages with such historical and current phenomena as the Holocaust and other genocides, 9/11, climate catastrophe or the still unsettled legacy of colonialism. The Routledge Companion to Literature and Trauma is a comprehensive guide to the history and theory of trauma studies, including key concepts, consideration of critical perspectives and discussion of future developments. It also explores different genres and media, such as poetry, life-writing, graphic narratives, photography and post-apocalyptic fiction, and analyses how literature engages with particular traumatic situations and events, such as the Holocaust, the Occupation of France, the Rwandan genocide, Hurricane Katrina and transgenerational nuclear trauma. Forty essays from top thinkers in the field demonstrate the range and vitality of trauma studies as it has been used to further the understanding of literature and other cultural forms across the world.

Autofiction in English Book

Autofiction in English

  • Author : Hywel Dix
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2018-06-04
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 283
  • ISBN 10 : 9783319899022

Autofiction in English Excerpt :

This innovative volume establishes autofiction as a new and dynamic area of theoretical research in English. Since the term was coined by Serge Doubrovsky, autofiction has become established as a recognizable genre within the French literary pantheon. Yet unlike other areas of French theory, English-language discussion of autofiction has been relatively limited - until now. Starting out by exploring the characteristic features and definitions of autofiction from a conceptual standpoint, the collection identifies a number of cultural, historical and theoretical contexts in which the emergence of autofiction in English can be understood. In the process, it identifies what is new and distinctive about Anglophone forms of autofiction when compared to its French equivalents. These include a preoccupation with the conditions of authorship; writing after trauma; and a heightened degree of authorial self-reflexivity beyond that typically associated with postmodernism. By concluding that there is such a field as autofiction in English, it provides for the first time detailed analysis of the major works in that field and a concise historical overview of its emergence. It thus opens up new avenues in life writing and authorship research.

The Palgrave Handbook of Cold War Literature Book

The Palgrave Handbook of Cold War Literature

  • Author : Andrew Hammond
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-09-04
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 831
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030389734

The Palgrave Handbook of Cold War Literature Excerpt :

This book offers a comprehensive guide to global literary engagement with the Cold War. Eschewing the common focus on national cultures, the collection defines Cold War literature as an international current focused on the military and ideological conflicts of the age and characterised by styles and approaches that transcended national borders. Drawing on specialists from across the world, the volume analyses the period’s fiction, poetry, drama and autobiographical writings in three sections: dominant concerns (socialism, decolonisation, nuclearism, propaganda, censorship, espionage), common genres (postmodernism, socialism realism, dystopianism, migrant poetry, science fiction, testimonial writing) and regional cultures (Asia, Africa, Oceania, Europe and the Americas). In doing so, the volume forms a landmark contribution to Cold War literary studies which will appeal to all those working on literature of the 1945-1989 period, including specialists in comparative literature, postcolonial literature, contemporary literature and regional literature.

New Forms of Self Narration Book

New Forms of Self Narration

  • Author : Ana Belén Martínez García
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-08-21
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 151
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030464202

New Forms of Self Narration Excerpt :

This book is a timely study of young women’s life writing as a form of human rights activism. It focuses on six young women who suffered human rights violations when they were girls and have gone on to become activists through life writing: Malala Yousafzai, Hyeonseo Lee, Yeonmi Park, Bana Alabed, Nujeen Mustafa, and Nadia Murad. Their ongoing life-writing projects diverge to some extent, but all share several notable features: they claim a testimonial collective voice, they deploy rights discourse, they excite humanitarian emotions, they link up their context-bound plight with bigger social justice causes, and they use English as their vehicle of self-expression and self-construction. This strategic use of English is of vital importance, as it has brought them together as icons in the public sphere within the last six years. New Forms of Self-Narration is the first ever attempt to explore all these activists’ life-writing texts side by side, encompassing both the written and the audiovisual material, online and offline, and taking all texts as belonging to a unique, single, though multifaceted, project.

Discourses of Memory and Refugees Book

Discourses of Memory and Refugees

  • Author : Siobhan Brownlie
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-02-06
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 231
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030343798

Discourses of Memory and Refugees Excerpt :

This book explores the discourse by and about refugees and asylum seekers in relation to memory with a particular focus on the United Kingdom. A series of studies using different analytical approaches is undertaken, and together the studies shed light on this overlooked area of research. The studies or ‘facets’ presented in the monograph cover a range of contexts and discursive genres: a joint BBC/refugee-authored television documentary, refugees’ oral histories, creative life writing by asylum seekers, parliamentarians’ debates, a reworking of canonical texts and sites in a protest campaign, and non-fiction testimonies and fictional works by later generations of refugee background. The monograph introduces ‘facet methodology’ to memory studies, arguing that this approach could encourage interdisciplinary research in the field.

Icarus Book


  • Author : Brian Brivati
  • Publisher : Biteback Publishing
  • Release Date : 2021-07-20
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781785907227

Icarus Excerpt :

In 2017, Arif Naqvi and The Abraaj Group were on the brink of changing the world of private equity. Abraaj was a pioneer of impact investing, it had helped transform communities and companies across the world by financing healthcare, education and clean energy projects, and it was about to close a new fund worth $6 billion. But then it all came crashing down. On 10 April 2019, after landing at London Heathrow, Naqvi was arrested on fraud charges. He is facing extradition to the United States and a prison sentence of up to 291 years if he is found guilty. The dominant media narrative has painted Naqvi as a thief and fraudster, the key man in an organised criminal conspiracy. But in this explosive book, which is based on extensive research and interviews, Brian Brivati investigates how things are not quite what they seem. Icarus explores how Abraaj found itself caught in the middle of a geopolitical war between the United States and China, and when it would not back down economic hitmen tried to wipe it out.

The Routledge Companion to Narrative Theory Book

The Routledge Companion to Narrative Theory

  • Author : Paul Dawson
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2022-07-18
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 596
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000576375

The Routledge Companion to Narrative Theory Excerpt :

The Routledge Companion to Narrative Theory brings together top scholars in the field to explore the significance of narrative to pressing social, cultural, and theoretical issues. How does narrative both inform and limit the way we think today? From conspiracy theories and social media movements to racial politics and climate change future scenarios, the reach is broad. This volume is distinctive for addressing the complicated relations between the interdisciplinary narrative turn in the academy and the contemporary boom of instrumental storytelling in the public sphere. The scholars collected here explore new theories of causality, experientiality, and fictionality; challenge normative modes of storytelling; and offer polemical accounts of narrative fiction, nonfiction, and video games. Drawing upon the latest research in areas from cognitive sciences to complexity theory, the volume provides an accessible entry point for those new to the myriad applications of narrative theory and a point of departure for new scholarship.

The Limits of Autobiography Book

The Limits of Autobiography

  • Author : Leigh Gilmore
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-08-06
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501724343

The Limits of Autobiography Excerpt :

Memoirs in which trauma takes a major—or the major—role challenge the limits of autobiography. Leigh Gilmore presents a series of "limit-cases"—texts that combine elements of autobiography, fiction, biography, history, and theory while representing trauma and the self—and demonstrates how and why their authors swerve from the formal constraints of autobiography when the representation of trauma coincides with self-representation. Gilmore maintains that conflicting demands on both the self and narrative may prompt formal experimentation by such writers and lead to texts that are not, strictly speaking, autobiography, but are nonetheless deeply engaged with its central concerns. In astute and compelling readings of texts by Michel Foucault, Louis Althusser, Dorothy Allison, Mikal Gilmore, Jamaica Kincaid, and Jeanette Winterson, Gilmore explores how each of them poses the questions, "How have I lived? How will I live?" in relation to the social and psychic forms within which trauma emerges. Challenging the very boundaries of autobiography as well as trauma, these stories are not told in conventional ways: the writers testify to how self-representation and the representation of trauma grow beyond simple causes and effects, exceed their duration in time, and connect to other forms of historical, familial, and personal pain. In their movement from an overtly testimonial form to one that draws on legal as well as literary knowledge, such texts produce an alternative means of confronting kinship, violence, and self-representation.

The Art and Science of Personality Development Book

The Art and Science of Personality Development

  • Author : Dan P. McAdams
  • Publisher : Guilford Publications
  • Release Date : 2015-02-23
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781462519972

The Art and Science of Personality Development Excerpt :

Drawing on state-of-the-art personality and developmental research, this book presents a new and broadly integrative theory of how people come to be who they are over the life course. Preeminent researcher Dan P. McAdams traces the development of three distinct layers of personality--the social actor who expresses emotional and behavioral traits, the motivated agent who pursues goals and values, and the autobiographical author who constructs a personal story. Highly readable and accessible to scholars and students at all levels, the book uses rich portraits of the lives of famous people to illustrate theoretical concepts and empirical findings.

The Art and Science of Reminiscing Book

The Art and Science of Reminiscing

  • Author : Barbara K. Haight
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 323
  • ISBN 10 : 9781560322986

The Art and Science of Reminiscing Excerpt :

First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Forbidden Narratives Book

Forbidden Narratives

  • Author : Kathryn Church
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-01-02
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134317820

Forbidden Narratives Excerpt :

Forbidden Narratives: Critical Autobiography as Social Science explores overlapping layers of voices and stories that convey the social relations of psychiatric survivor participation within a community mental health service system. It is written from the perspective of a woman who, in the course of working with the survivor movement, had a physical and emotional breakdown. Ironically, the author found herself personally confronted with issues she typically dealt with only from a distance: as a mental health professional, a researcher, and an activist. The author of this volume writes herself into her work as a major character. Narratives such as this have traditionally been forbidden as outside proper professional standards. Now they are claiming and receiving attention. Forbidden Narratives has the power to speak to a broad audience not only of mental health professionals but also policy makers, sociologists and feminists. It is about the breaking up of professional discourse. It demonstrates and signals profound changes in the social sciences.

The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing Book

The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing

  • Author : Ian Norman
  • Publisher : McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
  • Release Date : 2013-04-01
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : 703
  • ISBN 10 : 9780335245628

The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing Excerpt :

This comprehensive nursing text has been fully and extensively updated for this third edition, and offers students a complete guide to the art and science of mental health nursing. The book combines theory and practice to look in-depth at: Different 'types' of mental health problems ; Different therapeutic interventions ; The practical tools of nursing such as risk, assessment, problem solving ; Key themes such as ethics, law and professional issues.

Trauma Among Older People Book

Trauma Among Older People

  • Author : Leon Albert Hyer
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-10-10
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 354
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317722328

Trauma Among Older People Excerpt :

Trauma Among Older Adults presents an integrative model of treatment that considers current theories of treatment in light of special considerations relating to elderly patients. The book provides case studies, vignettes, and discussions, and demonstrates the importance of considering the personality, memory, and familial history of an elderly individual who has suffered a trauma.