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Physical Responses to Trauma

Examining Behavioural Reactions in Brian Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do! and Eimear McBride's A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

Chu He

potential remains untapped. On the other hand, McBride's award-winning debut novel A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing has attracted more critical attention. As both works readily await new interpretations, this article proposes reading them as trauma literature

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Between Trauma and Resilience

A Transnational Reading of Women's Life Writing about Wartime Rape in Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Agatha Schwartz and Tatjana Takševa

of mass rape by comparing the expressions of trauma and resilience in the survivors’ narratives and elucidating connections between them, and the way the two episodes of war rape have mutually shaped the memory and discourse around the rapes. Thus

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Does Trauma Have a Race?

Conceptualizing Trauma and the “Return to Equilibrium” through Imperialism and Impermeability in World War I France

Katherine E. J. Ellis

early as the mid-1800s. 1 During World War I, suggestibility described a catalyst for psychopathological contamination between psychiatric patients made possible by trauma's impact on men's capacity to reason and self-regulate. Stripped of their innate

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Trauma, Time, and the ‘Singular Plural’

The Israeli Television Series Fauda

Nurith Gertz and Raz Yosef

future at all. At the same time, the yet unborn Arab child already threatens us and our children’s future, as he will assuredly return from the future, perhaps as a suicide bomber, to inflict terror upon us. The traumas that haunt Israeli society

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Trauma in Nada Jarrar's An Unsafe Haven (2016) and Dima Wannous’ The Frightened Ones (2020)

Syrian Refugees and War Survivors in Perspective

Khawla Al Ziod and Fuad Abdul Muttaleb

of trauma: the physical trauma, psychological trauma and the trauma of displacement. It is worth mentioning that Wannous’ and Jarrar's narratives are concerned with the traumas experienced by refugees and war survivors, focusing on women in particular

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Noble Ghosts, Empty Graves, and Suppressed Traumas

The Heroic Tale of “Taiyuan's Five Hundred Martyrs” in the Chinese Civil War

Dominic Meng-Hsuan Yang

On 19 February 1951, a state-sponsored funeral took place in north Taipei in which a splendid cenotaph to commemorate the “five hundred martyrs of Taiyuan”— heroic individuals who died defending a distant city in northern China against the Chinese Communist encirclement—was revealed. In the four decades that followed, the Nationalist government on Taiwan built a commemorative cult and a pedagogic enterprise centering on these figures. Yet, the martyrs' epic was a complete fiction, one used by Chiang Kai-shek's regime to erase the history of atrocities and mass displacement in the Chinese civil war. Following Taiwan's democratization in the 1990s, the repressed traumas returned in popular narratives; this recovery tore the hidden wounds wide open. By examining the tale of the five hundred martyrs as both history and metaphor, this article illustrates the importance of political forces in both suppressing and shaping traumatic memories in Taiwan.

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Interiority and government of the child

Transparency, risk, and good governance in Indonesia

Jan Newberry

the earthquake: the child in need of “trauma healing.” In this postdisaster landscape, the traumatized child served, as such figures often do, to condense and organize significant changes in governance. The renaissance in theorizing the child and

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Social Sensations of Symptoms

Embodied Socialities of HIV and Trauma in Uganda

Lotte Meinert and Susan Reynolds Whyte

pursue here. The material we explore in this article comes from separate research projects 1 in Uganda on two different conditions: HIV in central and eastern Uganda and trauma (and cen spirits) in the Acholi region of the north. These are illnesses

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Trauma and Other Historians

Yoav Di-Capua

If one practical way to define trauma is to consider it as a chronic inability to access and process catastrophic events, that is, as a systematic and haunting blockage of memory formation and reclamation of past experiences, then historians have an inherent stake in the concept. This basic observation is not new, of course, but until now only historians of the Holocaust have evinced serious and consistent interest in the vast literature on Trauma Studies. Most historians—for example those who work with the distant past, with non-Western societies, or with less extreme historical events—have not had to engage with the historical implications of trauma. In as much as historians use the term, they do so from the lay standpoint that considers trauma as a horrible and tragic man-made event or a natural disaster. In its popular and very elastic usage the event (trauma) and its consequences (always “traumatic”) run the risk of remaining unexplored and largely unexplained, and thus, paradoxically, actually traumatic in the sense of not allowing access to the past. While remaining cognizant of the bland usage of the concept of trauma, the goal of this special issue is to offer a modest commentary on what Trauma Studies can offer to “Other Historians” and, perhaps, on what they can offer in return. The work presented here is of a provisional nature and is the product of a year-long seminar by a diverse group of historians at the Institute of Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and the international conference, “Trauma and History,” that they organized.

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Inherited Trauma, Place, Embodied Memory and Artistic Practice

A Conversation

Lorna Brunstein and Katie O'Brien

war, your parents’ experiences must have still been very raw? To what extent were you aware of their trauma and loss and how did it impact on you? LB : It was enormous. Both of them were very damaged people, obviously, because of what had happened to