What Happened? Re-presenting Traumas, Uncovering Recoveries

Processing Individual and Collective Trauma


Traumatic experiences with an overwhelming life-threatening feel affect numerous people’s lives. Death and disablement through accident, illness, war, family violence, natural and human-induced disaster can be experienced variously at an individual level through to whole communities and nations. Traumatic memories are intrusive and insistent but fragmented and distorted by the power of sensory information frozen in time. This volume examines the ways individuals, families, communities and nations have engaged with representations of traumas and the ethical dimensions embedded in those re-presentations. Contributors also explore the work of recovering from trauma and finding resilience through working with narrative and embodied forms such as dance and breathing. The ubiquity of trauma in human experience means that pathways to recovery differ, emerging from the way each engages with the world. Sharing, and reflecting on, the ways each copes with trauma contributes to its understanding as well as pathways to recovery and new strengths. Contributors are Svetlana Antropova, Peter Bray, Kate Burton, Mark Callaghan, Marie France Forcier, Monica Hinton, Gen’ichiro Itakura, Danielle Schaub, Zeina Tarraf and Paul Vivian.

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Elspeth McInnes is a sociologist and Senior Lecturer and researcher in the School of Education at the University of South Australia. Her research engages with family violence and child abuse, child abuse recovery and prevention. Danielle Schaub is a poet, short-story writer, photographer, and bibliotherapist as well as an Associate Professor at Oranim Academic College of Education, Israel and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her current research focuses on representation of trauma in contemporary Canadian fiction and psychoanalytic interpretations of cinematographic works.
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Contributors’ Notes
Elspeth McInnes and Danielle Schaub

Part 1: Representing Trauma

1 Reflections on the Wall: Artefacts and Valediction at the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Mark Callaghan

2 The Attack: Doueiry’s Depoliticisation of Trauma in the Transposition from Literature to Film
Zeina Tarraf

3 Re–imagining Atomic Bombing and 9/11: Kamila Shamsie’s Burnt Shadows
Gen’ichiro Itakura

4 Filming Trauma: Bodiless Voice and Voiceless Body in Beckett’s Eh Joe
Svetlana Antropova

5 The Disturbance of Images
Paul Vivian

Part 2: Creativity and Trauma Recovery

6 Shaping Personality through Suffering: The Transformative Writing of Pat MacEnulty
Kate Burton

7 What Enables Resilience after Traumatic Childhood Experiences?
Monica Hinton

8 Investigating the Post-Traumatic Lens in the Choreographer’s Work
Marie France Forcier

9 Reading Myself and Worlds: Coping Strategies in the Face of Cumulative Trauma
Danielle Schaub

10 Holotropic Breathwork as a Therapeutic Intervention for Survivors of Trauma: An Autoethnographic Case Study
Peter Bray
All interested in approaches to trauma, identity and memory and their diverse modes of expression as well as seeking insights into recovery and reformation of the post-traumatic self.
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