• Corpus ID: 55145262

Entanglements of Trauma: Relationality and Toni Morrison's Home

@article{Visser2014EntanglementsOT,
  title={Entanglements of Trauma: Relationality and Toni Morrison's Home},
  author={Irene Visser},
  journal={Postcolonial Text},
  year={2014},
  volume={9},
  pages={1-21}
}
  • I. Visser
  • Published 2 July 2014
  • Art
  • Postcolonial Text
Postcolonial trauma studies have from the start enabled the inclusion of interdisciplinary research, but postcolonial literary critics have long hesitated to develop innovative approaches to trauma theory. Now, however, interdisciplinary, comparative, and relational approaches to trauma are explored to accommodate broader ethical and political registers of trauma research for postcolonial studies. This relational, non-oppositional approach is what this article explores and demonstrates in an… 

Figures from this paper

Decolonizing Trauma Theory: Retrospect and Prospects
Decolonizing trauma theory has been a major project in postcolonial literary scholarship ever since its first sustained engagements with trauma theory. Since then, trauma theory and postcolonial
Traumata on Screen: Cinematic Views from Southern Africa
ABSTRACT This special themed issue of Communicatio explores the profound transformation of the political, cultural and intellectual contours of Africa from the vantage point of African film and
‘HURT RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE… BUT ALIVE AND WELL’: HEALING IN TONI MORRISON’S HOME
Toni Morrison’s novels can be read as stories of trauma and healing. In Morrison wants to demystify the 1950s, a time when blacks still suffered extreme violence and racial hatred. African Americans
Postcolonial Trauma Theory in the Contact Zone: The Strategic Representation of Grief in Edwidge Danticat’s Claire of the Sea Light
This article starts by engaging in a dialogue with the most relevant postcolonial emendations to trauma theory, addressed to both its aporetic and its therapeutic trends, and it goes on to reflect on
Decolonizing Trauma: A Study of Multidirectional Memory in Zadie Smith's "The Embassy of Cambodia"
The present article analyses Zadie Smith’s short story “The Embassy of Cambodia” (2013) as a narrative that contributes to the decolonization of trauma studies. In the introduction I will lay out
The Manifestation of Slave Trauma in Lyrics: A Reading of Select Slave Songs
This research paper looks into the effect of slavery, as a traumatic communal experience, on music and lyrics. It focuses on the development of narratives out of the collective memory of trauma in
Abdulrazak Gurnah’s By the Sea: Unbelonging and the Trauma of Imprisonment
Abdulrazak Gurnah’s novel By the Sea (2001) is a compelling narrative of the trauma of displacement in postcolonial Africa. Set mainly between Zanzibar and Britain, it brings into focus the trauma of
My Body Not My Own: An Intersectional View on Relationality in Fiction by Toni Morrison and Louise Erdrich
This essay makes a contribution to the contemporary struggle against gender violence with an analysis of Toni Morrison’s Home (2012) and Louise Erdrich’s The Round House (2012). The article presents
When Black Lives Really Do Matter: Subverting Medical Racism through African-Diasporic Healing Rituals in Toni Morrison’s Fiction
Abstract Toni Morrison spent much of her career detailing the unpredictability of African American existence within a racist society, with a special focus on patriarchal violence and medical
Song of Songs as political satire and emotional refuge: Subverting Solomon’s gilded regime
This article proposes a viable reading of Song of Songs as historicized allegory and political satire. In this view, the Song co-opts royal imagery from Solomon’s past golden age to elevate the
...
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 21 REFERENCES
Trauma theory and postcolonial literary studies
The plurality and growing number of responses to cultural trauma theory in postcolonial criticism demonstrate the ongoing appeal of trauma theory despite the fact that it is also increasingly
The Trauma Question
In this book, Roger Luckhurst both introduces and advances the fields of cultural memory and trauma studies, tracing the ways in which ideas of trauma have become a major element in contemporary
Wor(l)ds of grief: Traumatic memory and literary witnessing in cross-cultural perspective
Considering the work of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the criticisms levelled against it, and the literary response it has evoked in terms of a struggle over
Decolonizing Trauma Studies: A Response
Andre Schwarz-Bart's slim novel A Woman Named Solitude (La mulatresse Solitude, 1972) tells an epic tale of trans-Atlantic slavery with implications for contemporary trauma studies. Over the course
Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices
Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices brings together for the first time a selection of trailblazing essays by Ella Shohat, an internationally renowned theorist of postcolonial and cultural studies of
Healing Plots: The Narrative Basis of Psychotherapy
By recounting and deconstructing therapeutic experiences with clients, contributors collectively demonstrate how narratives shape and humanize therapists' work, and how the process of therapy
The uses of enchantment : the meaning and importance of fairy tales
Wicked stepmothers and beautiful princesses ...magic forests and enchanted towers ...little pigs and big bad wolves ...Fairy tales have been an integral part of childhood for hundreds of years. But
Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self
Preface ix CHAPTER ONE: Surviving Sexual Violence 1 CHAPTER TWO: On the Personal as Philosophical 23 CHAPTER THREE: Outliving Oneself 37 CHAPTER FOUR: Acts of Memory 67 CHAPTER FIVE: The Politics of
The Generation of Postmemory
Postmemory describes the relationship of the second generation to power- ful, often traumatic, experiences that preceded their births but that were never- theless transmitted to them so deeply as to
Trauma, memory, and narrative in South Africa : interviews
Introduction Interviews with South African Authors Articulating the Inarticulate: An Interview with Andre Brink Washing Dirty Linen in Public: An Interview with Zoe Wicomb The Magic of Writing: An
...
...