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  • Publication
    Adagio
    (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2016)
    Parlati, Marilena
    The current issue of “Prospero” offers a selection of works aimed at the exploration of the open wounds of the global body of modernity. The crucial aspect of the collection is the attempt to reflect, if possible, on the complexity of memory, of trauma, oblivion and forgiveness – or of the challenge experienced by those who do not want to, are not able to, or cannot (yet?) forgive. The issue is divided into three sections: “Coming to Terms with the Past(s)”, which proposes a perspective on traumas and past crimes, elaborated or still to be elaborated; “Voices from Beyond”, which concentrates on “memory ghosts”, on a phantasmagorical memory made of forgetfulness, voids and unheard voices; and “Restless Faultlines”, which gathers essays on the “extreme contemporary”.
      658  701
  • Publication
    Trauma in Palestinian Women’s Autobiographies: Concrete Histories of Personal Loss and National Disintegration
    (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2015-12-21)
    Aouadi, Leila
    This article argues the significance of literature in bearing witness to trauma. It engages the theories of trauma and autobiographies to read Palestinian women’s autobiographies. In a comparative vein, this work demonstrates the relevance of contemporary literature in attesting to human suffering and alleviating the pain by listening/reading and so healing. Edward Said’s writings on orientalism and Palestine have served to frame the overall discussion of the article. The trauma of exile, dispersion, and “national disintegration” are narrated as a shared experience by many Palestinian diaspora. I shall be considering "In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story" (2002) in conjunction with trauma as it implicates history and memory in the process of writing and representing experiences of war, loss, and exile. I contend that the trauma of not belonging after 1948 is the ultimate articulation of belonging to Palestine in Palestinian women’s life narratives.
      1099  1929
  • Publication
    Remember, Recover: Trauma and Transgenerational Negotiations with the Indian Partition in "This Side, That Side" and the "1947 Partition Archive"
    (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2015-12-21)
    Singh, Ritika
    The hauntings of the Indian Partition continue to be expressed via newer mediums as two or three generations negotiate its impact. This paper looks at role and function of the "1947 Partition Archive" that records oral testimonies of first-generation witnesses. It also examines an anthology of graphic narratives – "This Side, That Side" – that illustrates second-generation accounts of trying to understand the Partition, as it is passed down through stories and memories. Through an analysis of both, trans-generational negotiations with traumatic memories of the Indian Partition can be studied along with examining how newer channels open newer opportunities of representing its trauma. I argue that such mediums not only fulfil a therapeutic need but also highlight the trans-generational quality of forgiveness in light of collective traumas.
      1501  2183
  • Publication
    Lettera al carnefice: trauma e perdono in "Incendiary" di C. Cleave
    (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2015-12-21)
    Natale, Aureliana
    Trauma Studies have been marked by an intensified traffic between disciplinary, artistic and media languages. Cultural theory, sociology, anthropology, psychoanalysis, psychology, on the one hand, and literature, drama, the visual, land and body arts, as well as cinema, television and even the net, on the other hand, have each contributed to render the concept of post-traumatic experience not only familiar but altogether extremely popular (Buelens, Durrant, Eaglestone 3). Traumatic forms of narrativization can be considered a sort of thematic topos central to our cultural and psychological imaginary and its contribution to a new process of identity formation (Luckhust 209). The aim of my paper is to try to understand how traumatic images and their proliferation through media have haunted, and inspired, the literary production post-9/11 and in particular the novel "Incendiary" (2005) by the British journalist Chris Cleave. "Incendiary" was written just a few months before the terroristic attack in London, on July the 7th 2005, and, to some extent, it seemed to foresee it. The incipit of the novel “Dear Osama, they want you dead or alive so the terror will stop” introduces the reader into a story of loss, terror, trauma and addiction in which one of the most significant absence the protagonist has to face is the impossible chance of mourning her loss through forgiving.
      914  936