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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. 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 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 othersThe 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 myselfFilmed in 1959 Hiroshima follows a French actress making a movie about peace in Hiroshima She has a brief and intense sexual encounter with a Japanese man The relationship releases the traumatic experiences both endure because of the war the woman s German lover is killed and she is ostracized the man s family perishes in Hiroshima while he is away fighting in the warPerhaps the most moving element of the film though is the actual footage of bombing victims I could only weep at the images of mangled burned and dying childrenFor someone so obsessed with atrocities committed in Europe during WWII I am ashamed for practically ignoring the carnage perpetrated by Americans If only Caruth could tell me how to reconcile myself with this part of my own history with the trauma inflicted by American hands

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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. 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


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

  2. says:

    This is the single most important book on Trauma Memory and History It is one of the main texts for my Phd disse

  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 i

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    This was a difficult read The book tries to connect the theories of trauma from various schools of thought Heavily drawing f

  7. says:

    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 Ca

  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 mate

  9. says:

    I was happy to meet Cathy in person I have heard her brilliant lecture “Human Rights Literature and Trauma” she felt a great passion for what she was doing That was when I decided to read this book and I was not disappointed Trauma has two sides inescapability and survival – that is the key to the understanding of this great

  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 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