Representing the Unimaginable

Narratives of Disaster

by Angela Stock (Volume editor) Cornelia Stott (Volume editor)
Edited Collection 226 Pages


Finding words and images with which to describe and come to terms with a disaster is a psychological necessity, but it also inevitably manifests socio-cultural habits of thought and political interests. Language shapes, distorts and appropriates an occurrence that is not just a shocking and all too real destruction of life, property and the environment, but also a social construct. The ‘unrepresentability’ of the experience of a disaster and the textuality of the represented event – and thus also the contradictions, ruptures and silences inevitably created by the tensions between ‘reality’ and ‘representation’ – are the focus of the essays collected in this volume. Thirteen contributions by internationally active researchers in the fields of literary and cultural studies, history, sociology and philosophy provide interdisciplinary perspectives on the ways in which we write and think about the unimaginable.


ISBN (Softcover)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. 226 pp., 8 fig., 3 tables, 5 graphs

Biographical notes

Angela Stock (Volume editor) Cornelia Stott (Volume editor)

The Editors: Angela Stock teaches at the English Department of the University of Bielefeld (Germany). Cornelia Stott is a freelance language teacher and translator in St. Albans (England).


Title: Representing the Unimaginable