Worlds of Hurt: Reading the Literatures of Trauma by Kalí TalWorlds of Hurt: Reading the Literatures of Trauma by Kalí Tal

Worlds of Hurt: Reading the Literatures of Trauma

byKalí Tal, Kalm Tal

Paperback | November 24, 1995

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Worlds of Hurt presents a coherent rendering of the relationships between individual trauma and cultural interpretation, using as its focus the Holocaust, the Vietnam War, and the phenomenon of sexualized violence against women. Survivors of these traumas constitute themselves as unique communities and bear witness to their traumatic experiences both privately and publicly. The survivors themselves write a "literature of trauma"--born of the need to tell and retell the story of the traumatic experience, to make it "real" to the victim, the community and to the larger pyblic.
Title:Worlds of Hurt: Reading the Literatures of TraumaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:November 24, 1995Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:052156512X

ISBN - 13:9780521565127

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Worlds of hurt: reading the literature of trauma; 2. A form of witness: the Holocaust and North American memory; 3. Between the lines: reading the Vietnam war; 4. The farmer of dreams: the writings of W. D. Ehrhart; 5. There was no plot, and I discovered it by mistake: trauma, community and the revisionary process; 6. We didn't know what would happen: opening the discourse on sexual abuse; 7. This is about power on every level: three incest survivor narratives; This is not a conclusion; Notes; Index.

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'Worlds of Hurt' presents a coherent rendering of the relationships between individual trauma and cultural interpretation, using as its focus the Holocaust, the Viet Nam war, and the phenomenon of sexualized violence against women.

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"[Tal's] careful comparison and discussion are an important contribution to our understanding of the social construction of profound traumatic experiences and how they are made tolerable by the surviviors and the wider society." Canadaian Review of Comparative Literature