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March 25, Keywords: For All the Favors lon g enough! My committee members and their writings have informed this dissertation, a nd I hope they see the traces of their work here.
Of course, I assume responsibility for mistakes. You were the one who told me that I can criticize patriarchy and more importantly, that I should, as you gave me the confidence to do so. I thank you for your dedication and for making me a better thinker and writer. Your response in JAC helped me understand trauma theory a little bit better and your radical feminist views are inspiring.
I also thank you for your support in seeing me to the end. An d, last but certainly not least, I acknowledge those victims of father daughter incest.
T he Return of the Repressed 4 Trauma in Transit: Signifying, Testifying, and Bearing Witness: The Failure of Bearing Witness: Lolita Reading Lolita in Tehran: Since trauma defies linguistic processing, she explains, the language used to describe it will always be figural.
For this reason Caruth privileges imaginative literature, experience of trauma. Her influential reflections inform a crucial direction within t rauma studies: Over the last twenty years trauma scholarship has explored how trauma outstr ips discursive and representational resources, but has only begun to address the ways gender, race, and class must complicate our understanding of the posttraumatic.
I argue that in order to frame an adequate approach to the posttraumatic, we must take acc ount of the cultural, political, and social matrix of trauma. The feminist refer to the cumulative degradation directed toward individuals whose identities, such as gende r, color, and class, differ from what is valued by those in power.
Though not always blatant or violent, these effects threaten the basic well being of the person who suffers ain PAGE 7 iv long term consequences of the institutionalized sexism, racism, and classism that systematically denigrate the self worth of the socially othered who are rendered voiceless.
Where Caruth privileges literary representations of the traumatic, I explore how literature can also be a privileged site for the articulation of insidious trauma. My study addresses literary representations of father daughter incest and the complex trauma associated with it, showing how in very different ways six works of modern A merican literature compel us to confront the traumatogenic nature of social oppression, especially that which is endemic to the structure of the heteropatriarchal family and American racism and classism.
Tender Is the Night ambivalen tly exposes the gendered politics of psychological trauma, particularly the conspiracy of silence perpetuated by a Invisible Man uses a story of paternal incest to work thro ugh the trauma of racism, challenging stereotypes of black masculinity even as it reinscribes patriarchal phallocentrism.
The Bluest Eye marks a watershed in the inscription of ince st narratives as it is written mostly from perspective of the father while foregrounding the experience of the daughter, exposing child abuse as an extensive social and pol itical problem ultimately supported by imperialist ideals.
Bastard Out of Carolina s patriarchal structure. Conforming to certain class PAGE 8 v stereotypes of father daughter incest, Bastard Out of Carolina escaped the hostile The Kiss whose critical reception suggests that, even while allowing so me discussion of incest, mainstream culture continued to collude in its silencing within the context of the white middle class.
Finally, I revisit a particularly infamous literary narrative of father daughter incest, Vladimir Lolita but in terms of the feminist appropriation of Nabokov effected in Azar Reading Lolita in Tehran Problematically downplaying the sexual subjugation of women in her home country, the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The Wound and the Voiceless We are beginning to understand that rape, battery, and incest are human rights violations; they are political crimes in the same sen se that lynching is a po litical crime, that is, they serve to perpetuate an unjust social order through terror.
Judith Herman, 37 In his chapter on trauma studies in History in Transit: Experience, Identity, Critical Theory Dominick LaCapra calls atten tion to the politico ethical stakes involved in formulating an approach to the study of psychological trauma and the posttraumatic.
One of the biggest challenges, he argues, is to develop a method that contextualizes trauma within a social and political fr amework.
In recent years feminist theorists and psychotherapists have been especially attentive to the traumatic effects of oppression on women as a social group in a heteropatriarchal society saturated with sexism, racism, and classism.
Challenging the de finition of trauma, these feminists have asserted that trauma is well within the range of female human experience, and that in addition to being intergenerational passed down from one generation to the next through stories or photographs, for example, in which the children or grandchildren of trauma victims may exhibit traumatic symptoms even though they never experienced the traumatic event refers to the traumatogenic effects of oppression that, although not always blatantly violent, threaten the well being of the person who suffers them.
PAGE 10 2 or understanding the long term consequences of many types of institutionalized sexism, racism, and classism. Questioning the social structures that perpetuate victimization, this dissertation will explore literary representations of the insidious trauma re lated to father daughter incest.
Much of my discussion in this introduction is devoted to the evolving understanding of trauma in the work of clinicians and cultural theorists. I will be centrally concerned with how the study of twentieth century American literature can help develop an approach to trauma that foregrounds its status as a social and political issue as well as a personal, psychodynamic one.
Root asserts that contrary to current medical definitions of psychological trauma and posttraumatic st ress disorder, most of the traumatic experiences of women and those economically deprived and racially othered, are not time Rather, many of the traumas affecting these groups are current, cumulative, and quite common.
By acknow ledging outside environmental factors as contributors to psychological distress, we move away from locating the pathology of abuse within the introduction, I briefly chart the history of theories of psychological trauma, explain the emergence of trauma theory as such, and discuss how six twentieth century texts that depict the social and political landscape of trauma can help in developing the approach that LaCapra adv ocates.
Conceptually and theoretically informed by mostly radical feminist perspectives, my discussion focuses around the concept of insidious trauma to question existing hierarchal political and social systems that are inherently tied to patriarchy.ashio-midori.com is a legal online writing service established in the year by a group of Master and Ph.D.
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