No Such Thing as Society? A Critique of Hegemonic Notions of Trauma in the Research on Cultural Production

The notion of trauma is widely used in contemporary research on literature, film, music, and other forms of cultural production in the Arab world. Building on a tradition of trauma studies in the humanities, much of this work is predicated on an essentialist, naturalized notion of trauma as develope...

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Published in:Middle East - Topics & Arguments (Band 11)
Main Author: Lang, Felix
Format: Journal Articles
Language:English
Published: 2018
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Summary:The notion of trauma is widely used in contemporary research on literature, film, music, and other forms of cultural production in the Arab world. Building on a tradition of trauma studies in the humanities, much of this work is predicated on an essentialist, naturalized notion of trauma as developed in the seminal work of the literary scholar Cathy Caruth, among others. In this article I suggest that such a notion of trauma is problematic as it depoliticizes human suffering and marginalizes non-hegemonic ways of dealing with experiences of violence. In order to address these problems, I propose to turn to social constructivist approaches to trauma.
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/meta.2018.11.7790