Trauma Culture The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature

Trauma Culture The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature[BOOKS] ✬ Trauma Culture The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature Author E. Ann Kaplan – It may be said that every trauma is two traumas or ten thousand depending on the number of people involved How one experiences and reacts to an event is uniue and depends largely on one's direct or in It may be said that The Politics PDF ✓ every trauma is two traumas or ten thousand depending on the number of people involved How one experiences and reacts to an event is uniue and depends largely on one's direct or indirect positioning personal psychic history and individual memories But eually important to the experience Trauma Culture Epub / of trauma are the broader political and cultural contexts within which a catastrophe takes place and how it is managed by institutional forces including the media In  Trauma Culture E Ann Kaplan explores the relationship between the impact of trauma on individuals and on entire cultures and nations Arguing that humans possess Culture The Politics Kindle ´ a compelling need to draw meaning from personal experience and to communicate what happens to others she examines the artistic literary and cinematic forms that are often used to bridge the individual and collective experience A number of case studies including Sigmund Freud's Moses and Monotheism Marguerite Duras' La Douleur Sarah Kofman's Culture The Politics of Terror PDF or Rue Ordener Rue Labat Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound and Tracey Moffatt's Night Cries reveal how empathy can be fostered without the sensationalistic element that typifies the media From Culture The Politics of Terror PDF or World War II to this passionate study elouently navigates the contentious debates surrounding trauma theory and persuasively advocates the responsible sharing and translating of catastrophe. Undoubtedly the most useful portions of this book are Kaplan's careful connections between trauma theory and language and stages associated with trauma and the experiences of taking in media particularly as related to film and news For the most part this work is done in the first half of the book with later chapters being fully devoted to film studies and close readings of these films and projects including documentariesThere are some frustrating aspects to this work however when not in a mode of close reading Kaplan tends to become heavily invested in the rhetoric of her subjects sometimes asking so many uestions one after another without break that they simply become a barrage of uandaries many of which are never answered or in some cases even addressed Similarly my impression is that some of her arguments are fairly one sided I'm not someone who is particularly versed in film and media studies but Kaplan sometimes gives scathing critiues particularly in regard to news reporting which criticize without giving any suggestion of how things should be approached differently For instance she criticizes the fragmentary nature of reporting on war from nightly news and from newspapers particularly in her discussion of empty empathy and her argument against pushing viewers to understand one personal story instead of the larger issues; however she fails to discuss even briefly how this might be accomplished when one stops to consider the attention span of the average news viewerreader and timemonetary constraints of media companies Also and perhaps troublingly she argues that the problem with these personal stories of victims journalists soldiers etc are unable to transfer any understanding of the larger issues that Should be at the heart of any news coverage I would argue though that the main point of these personal stories is to get audience members interested enough that they'll do their own part in researching or looking into those larger issues or at least consider them This may be an idealistic view but is it less idealistic than attempting to educate on decades long debates over abstract issues and wars in the span of a single story or even a half hour special? Regardless it felt to me that Kaplan was one sided and perhaps even too biased to attempt the discussion at this point in particularSimilarly there were other points when I would have preferred the book be a bit objective in the midst of her close readings in her discussion of 911 monuments in her discussions of postcolonial contexts in film and feel less like an airing of her personal views on the given topic Simply I wanted argument with evidence and connection to trauma from her later close readings Instead I felt I was often expected to just take Kaplan's word for her conclusions when it came to her close readings I've no real doubt that they're useful but I do feel that there are probably other sides which she's making no effort to show and that at times she gives nowhere near enough detail for someone to actually draw the same conclusions she does without taking her word that the connections simply make sense particularly considering that some of the films she analyzes are admittedly obscure ie She notes at one point that a little girl being strangled by seaweed can remind audiences of a fetus being strangled by an umbilical cord I'll grant that perhaps the film accomplishes this jump but she relates it as if it's an obvious conclusion based on her description of the sceneplot which certainly isn't the caseIn the end parts of this book are incredibly successful but other parts come across as unconnected at best and unsupported or biased at worst particularly as Kaplan gets further into the work Also I want to note that some of the endnotes are frighteningly unhelpful as if an editor told Kaplan where to place the endnote but not what for though I did not read all of the endnotes a few of the ones I did turn to ended up coming nowhere close to answering the uestions I'd had raised by the noted text which as you might guess was incredibly frustratingIn the end I would recommend this work to those interested but I'd highlight that the earlier chapters are the most useful and that the connections she says will come through the close readings as well as the uestions she promises to return towell those don't always come to fruition in any visible way Kaplan's work focuses on collective trauma and individual trauma built on memories mixed with fantasies of prior catastrophes on the particular cultural and political context within which a catastrophe takes place and especially how it is “managed” by institutional forces The divergence of European and American perspectives on 911 attacks underpin the real psychological trauma of a terror attack and processes of signification by exposure The same argument could be extended in the consumption of media within the Palestinian Territories Israel and internationally Leaders have now become risk managers for populations in an increasingly pictorial discourse; they have the ultimate symbolic power This recent addition otthe trauma literature approaches the issue predominantly from a perspective of cultural analysis looking for traces of the impacts of trauma in writings media and other sources of cultural material It covers some interesting theoretical territory including psychological impacts sociological impacts and ethical expressions Kaplan's choice of materials to consider may not be familiar to many contemporary audiences and as such may not have the greatest impact They do however effectively illustrative her key points I haven't actually read this whole book yet but working on getting back to it

Trauma Culture The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media
  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Trauma Culture The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature
  • E. Ann Kaplan
  • English
  • 01 March 2015
  • 9780813535913