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How is trauma felt, remembered, and narrated? What are the dynamics of gender, race, sexuality, class, and citizenship in relation to cultural politics of memory and trauma. What are the corporeal manifestations of trauma and memory? Whose memories are valued, believed and commemorated and whose memories have been repressed? What challenges do traumatic events present for those who want to represent and heal them? This subject approaches concepts of trauma and memory as historically and culturally contingent, asking what counts as trauma, for whom and under what circumstances. The subject will open by tracing history of the concept of trauma in psychoanalysis and medicine, followed by critical perspectives from feminist, queer, transgender, critical race, and body studies perspectives. In the second part of the subject we will look at different sites, forms and representations of trauma in literature, films, art, oral narratives, memoirs, photographs, and social movements.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- demonstrate a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of how the concepts of 'trauma', 'memory' and related corporeal manifestations used in Gender Studies;
- apply high level analysis, conceptual sophistication and critical thinking on trauma and memory, having developed mastery over different approaches (psychoanalytic, feminist, queer, transgender, critical race, and body studies);
- have a firm grasp of national and international debates and develop the ability to evaluate specific current issues connected with trauma and memory in contemporary societies from feminist, queer, and transgender perspectives;
- apply critical skills and methods to analyse the representation of trauma and memory across a vide range of cultural contexts and genres.
- the development of independent thought and arguments;
- reception of new ideas and opinions through tutorial presentations and discussions;
- effective written and oral communication through tutorial presentations, discussions and written assignments;
- flexibility, tolerance and cooperation with people from diverse background, and
- time management and planning through organizing workloads for recommended reading and assessment requirements.
Last updated: 11 February 2021