Trauma: A Genealogy

Paperback | June 14, 2000

byRuth Leys

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Psychic trauma is one of the most frequently invoked ideas in the behavioral sciences and the humanities today. Yet bitter disputes have marked the discussion of trauma ever since it first became an issue in the 1870s, growing even more heated in recent years following official recognition of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In a book that is bound to ignite controversy, Ruth Leys investigates the history of the concept of trauma. She explores the emergence of multiple personality disorder, Freud's approaches to trauma, medical responses to shellshock and combat fatigue, Sándor Ferenczi's revisions of psychoanalysis, and the mutually reinforcing, often problematic work of certain contemporary neurobiological and postmodernist theorists. Leys argues that the concept of trauma has always been fundamentally unstable, oscillating uncontrollably between two competing models, each of which tends at its limit to collapse into the other.

A powerfully argued work of intellectual history, Trauma will rewrite the terms of future discussion of its subject.

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 The topic of psychic trauma has been a passionately contested one since the discipline of behavioural science first developed the theory. Author Ruth Leys tackles this subject with Trauma: A Geneology. Through impeccable research, critique and interpretation, Leys examines the history of the concept of trauma. Specific topics explored...

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Psychic trauma is one of the most frequently invoked ideas in the behavioral sciences and the humanities today. Yet bitter disputes have marked the discussion of trauma ever since it first became an issue in the 1870s, growing even more heated in recent years following official recognition of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).In a ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:June 14, 2000Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226477665

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
I
Freud and Trauma
II
The Real Miss Beauchamp: An Early Case of Traumatic Dissociation
III
Traumatic Cures: Shell Shock, Janet, and the Question of Memory
IV
Imitation Magic: Sándor Ferenczi and Abram Kardiner on Psychic Trauma
V
The Hysterical Lie: Ferenczi and the Problem of Simulation
VI
Splinting the Mind: William Sargant and Catharsis in World War II
VII
The Science of the Literal: The Neurobiology of Trauma
VIII
The Pathos of the Literal: Trauma and the Crisis of Representation
Conclusion
Index

From Our Editors

 The topic of psychic trauma has been a passionately contested one since the discipline of behavioural science first developed the theory. Author Ruth Leys tackles this subject with Trauma: A Geneology. Through impeccable research, critique and interpretation, Leys examines the history of the concept of trauma. Specific topics explored by Leys include multiple personality disorder, the Freudian approach to trauma, medical understanding of shell shock and combat fatigue, neurobiological theories and psychoanalysis.