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Fictionalising Trauma

The Aesthetics of Marguerite Duras’s India Cycle

by Sirkka Knuuttila (Author)
©2011 Thesis 310 Pages

Summary

With Marguerite Duras being the most disputed French artist after World War II, symbolising trauma represents the most problematic crux of contemporary trauma research. This book brings together these troublesome issues by way of integrating Duras’s aesthetics and the challenge of working through major historical trauma. Starting from the concept of an embodied mind as developed in current social neuroscience, the study illuminates the stylistic devices of the famous India Cycle that arose from Duras’s relentless struggle with the trauma of French colonialism. It reveals how converting trauma into fiction can become a powerful emotional strategy for surviving traumatic events, which may provoke necessary changes in our cultural memory through collective sharing.

Details

Pages
310
Year
2011
ISBN (PDF)
9783653007312
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631609811
DOI
10.3726/978-3-653-00731-2
Language
English
Publication date
2011 (July)
Keywords
Emotion studies Postcolonialism interpersonality Social neuroscience
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 310 pp., 2 graphs

Biographical notes

Sirkka Knuuttila (Author)

Sirkka Knuuttila is a medical doctor who holds PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Helsinki. Working as a literary researcher and cognitive therapist she has written articles on Marguerite Duras, trauma, emotion and the embodied self as well as Roland Barthes’s semiotics and Friederike Mayröcker’s poetry.

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