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Fictionalising Trauma

The Aesthetics of Marguerite Duras’s India Cycle

Sirkka Knuuttila

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.

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295 Index Names Abahn Sabana David 23, 245 Abraham, Nicolas 40 Achebe, Chinua 22 Adler, Laure 32‒33, 37, 51, 54, 114, 115, 186, 187 Adorno, Theodor 38, 49, 63, 72, 266 Agamben, Giorgio 56 À la Recherche du temps perdu 51, 54‒57 Althusser, Louis 133, 217, Amant, L’ 13, 24, 27, 34, 36, 64, 114 Amour, L’ 16, 20, 21, 23, 33, 44, 76, 80, 81, 84, 89, 93, 100, 105, 108, 128, 132, 158, 167, 176, 184‒201, 246, 265, 269, 270 Antelme, Robert 37, 265 Arendt, Hannah 29 Arieti, Silvano 80 Aristotle 75, 140, 215, 236, 239 Armel, Aliette 31, 35, 47, 51, 52, 64, 116, 137, 143, 153, 186, 187 Armes, Roy 17, 225 Ashcroft, Bill 194 Aumont, Jacques 244, 247 Austin, Guy 247 Baer, Ulrich 72, 143, 238 Bacon, Henry 244 Bakhtin, Mikhail 86, 87, 91, 94‒96, 138, 173, 187, 210, 218 Bal, Mieke 27, 138, 216, 231, 235 Bann, Stephen 255 Barat, François 183 Barcelona, Antonio 100, 106 Barrage contre le Pacifique, Un 24, 31, 33, 34, 67, 178, 205, 213 Barthes, Roland 36, 51, 59, 64, 66, 68, 110, 111, 113, 132, 208, 256 Bataille, Georges 53 Beauclair, Michelle 27, 61, 62 Beckett, Samuel 50, 187 Beethoven, Ludvig van 110, 259 Bell, Catherine 113, 213, 225 Benjamin, Walter 29, 48, 55, 91, 103, 188 Bennett, Jill 23, 49, 54, 73 Benveniste, Émile 122 Berger, Peter 38, 87 Bergson, Henry 255 Bhabha, Homi 22, 135, 143‒145, 148, 189, 212, 226, 232...

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