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Unclaimed Experience Trauma Narrative and History

Ible 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 chi. While helpful in understanding Freudian and Lacanian ideas about trauma Caruth s book is ultimately ridden with theoretical gaps and leaps that take for granted the experiences of trauma victims Additionally Caruth blatantly ignores the traumas of people of color

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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 IntroductionIn Unclaimed Experience Cathy Caruth pro. Much of the book had little relevance to my work with trauma narratives howeever it is essential I read Caruths work I enjoyed it for the most part but have to admit to skimming most of the last chapter on Lacan Freud and memory due to the circuitous nature of the argument that caruth was laying out More than anything it was a fine example of how you can actually say the same thing 20 different waysI look forward to reading her other works on trauma

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Poses 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 imposs. Interesting analysis of the idea of trauma as represented throughout history and narrative The author s writing sometimes is a bit too repetitive it almost seems like the book is a collection of articles published separately But over all it is a great philosophical and theoretical workRead Spring 2017 MLL 621


About the Author: Cathy Caruth

Cathy Caruth born 1955 is Frank H T Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters at Cornell University and is appointed in the departments of English and Comparative Literature She taught previously at Yale and at Emory University where she helped build the Department of Comparative Literature She received her PhD from Yale University in 1988 and is the author of Empirical Truths and Critical Ficti



10 thoughts on “Unclaimed Experience Trauma Narrative and History

  1. says:

    Much of the book had little relevance to my work with trauma narratives howeever it is essential I read Caruths work I enjoyed it for the most part but have to admit to skimming most of the last chapter on Lacan Freud and memory due to the circuitous nature of the argument that caruth was laying out More than anything it was a fine example of how you can actually say the same thing 20 different waysI look forward to reading her other works

  2. says:

    This is the single most important book on Trauma Memory and History It is one of the main texts for my Phd dissertation and I can't recommend it enough to people who are interested in research areas relating to Trauma

  3. says:

    This book is very helpful for my understanding of the effect of trauma and PTSD on the victims of the Vietnam War It is an essential book for my PhD research

  4. says:

    I read Cathy Caruth’s book Unclaimed Experience Trauma Narrative and History for a research project I’m working on The author is well known for her work on trauma theoryAccording to Caruth “the term trauma is understood as a wound inflicted not upon the body but upon the mind” 3 “In its most general def

  5. says:

    Interesting analysis of the idea of trauma as represented throughout history and narrative The author's writing so

  6. says:

    This was a difficult read The book tries to connect the theories of trauma from various schools of thought Heavily drawing from Freud this book can be understood only if one has some knowledge on Freud Lacan and the Poststructuralis

  7. says:

    While helpful in understanding Freudian and Lacanian ideas about trauma Caruth’s book is ultimately ridden with theoretica

  8. says:

    Okay let's be real anything that draws heavily on Lacan and Freud is going to be an instant dislike for me because I just don't buy much of their analysis This text works with Freud's observation of the fort da game in his grandchild which apparently without any actual science he interprets to represent grappling with the absence of the maternal figure I used to think that psychoanalysis was at least maybe partially scientific bu

  9. says:

    I was happy to meet Cathy in person I have heard her brilliant lecture “Human Rights Literature and Trauma”

  10. says:

    This was really just okay but I'm giving the third star out of the benefit of the doubt that Caruth's work reflects what she wanted t

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