Ý Read Ü Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History by Cathy Caruth ↠´ 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 theory.
According to Caruth, the term trauma is understood as a wound inflicted not upon the body but upon the mind 3 In its most general definition, trauma describes an overwhelming experience of sudden or catastrophic events in which the response to the event occurs in the often delayed, uncontrolled repetitive appearance of hallucinations and other intrusive phenomena 11 Caruth applies trauma theory to works by Freud, Kant, and Lacan, among others.
The most interesting part of Unclaimed, though, is not found in the book itself One chapter analyzes the French film Hiroshima mon amour in terms of trauma theory Naturally, I immediately had to rent and watch the movie for myself.
Filmed in 1959, Hiroshima fol 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.
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 work.
Read Spring 2017 MLL 621 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 Poststructuralists No wonder, I found this a bit daunting The writing was complex and circuitous After days of reading this book, I felt that the essence of the entire book could ve been presented in just a couple of paragraphs Maybe it was a point that Caruth was trying to make of the repetitive nature of traumatic thinking I think I would ve appreciated this book if I was a bit sound in lit theory.
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.
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 to do, and that just because it wasn t a book that I found interesting or particularly useful doesn t mean it s a bad book per se It just was way focused on the actual text of Freud s work rather than the way I understand using trauma to talk about history, which is fine and fair and actually this book is what has made me decide I need to actually read Freud, but I didn t connect with her claims nor did I feel like the essays connected or supported any kind of overarching conclusion at all.
Very rarely do I manage to finish books on literary theory in a single day, but it happened with this book It is written very lucidly, and discusses exactly what it sets out to discuss trauma, narrative, and history The most important readings for me were of Beyond the Pleasure Principle, the burning child dream and Lacan s rereading in Seminar XI , and Freud s writing on Moses The focus is on the temporary of the traumatic event and the role of history in the subject s reconciliation with it The argument is not that much than what a psychoanalytically informed reader will expect, and has quite a bit of repetitions perhaps because most of the chapters are already published elsewhere The only truly eye opening reading is the interpretation of awakening as the intrusion of 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 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 Caruth s style of writing goes like this A is not B, and not C, but the very un D, and precisely E OVER AND OVER AGAIN It s so confusing and frustrating, given that she s an important contributor to trauma theory Just don t start your reading with this book.