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Author Caruth, Cathy, 1955-

Title Literature in the ashes of history / Cathy Caruth.

Publication Info. Baltimore : The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.


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Description xiv, 129 pages : 24 cm
text rdacontent
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 93-121) and index.
Note Includes index.
Contents Part I. Literature and the life drive : Parting words: trauma, silence and survival : Sigmund Freud, Beyond the pleasure principle -- The claims of the dead: history, haunted property and the law : Honoré de Balzac, Colonel Chabert -- Part II. After the end : Lying and history : Hannah Arendt, "Truth and politics" and "Lying in politics" -- Disappearing history: scenes of trauma in the theater of human rights : Ariel Dorfman, Death and the maiden -- Psychoanalysis in the ashes of history : Wilhelm Jensen, Sigmund Freud, and Jacques Derrida -- Afterword.
Summary "Cathy Caruth juxtaposes the writings of psychoanalysts, literary and political theorists, and literary authors who write in a century faced by a new kind of history, one that is made up of events that seem to undo, rather than produce, their own remembrance. At the heart of each chapter is the enigma of a history that, in its very unfolding, seems to be slipping away before our grasp. What does it mean for history to disappear? And what does it mean to speak of a history that disappears? These questions, Caruth suggests, lie at the center of the psychoanalytic texts that frame this book, as well as the haunting stories and theoretical arguments that resonate with each other in profound and surprising ways. In the writings of Honor e de Balzac, Hannah Arendt, Ariel Dorfman, Wilhelm Jensen, Sigmund Freud, and Jacques Derrida, we encounter, across different stakes and different languages, a variety of narratives that bear witness not simply to the past but also to the pasts we have not known and that repeatedly return us to a future that remains beyond imagination. These stories of trauma cannot be limited to the catastrophes they name, and the theory of catastrophic history may ultimately be written in a language that already lingers in a time that comes to us from the other side of the disaster."--Publisher's description.
Subject Literature and history.
Psychic trauma in literature.
Collective memory in literature.
Collective memory in literature. (OCoLC)fst01902844
Literature and history. (OCoLC)fst01000077
Psychic trauma in literature. (OCoLC)fst01081229
ISBN 9781421411552 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
1421411555 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
9781421411545 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
1421411547 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
9781421411569 (electronic)
1421411563 (electronic)

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