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Trauma, Memory, and Healing in Asian Literature and Culture

Jayawickrama, Sharanya (Hongk Kong Shue Yan University, Hong Kong)

978 1 351 37900 7
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Publication date:
1 June 2019

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Is trauma a concept that can be translated across cultures? Can it have global applicability and utility for literary and cultural analysis? Do the approaches and perspectives generated by literary and cultural work hold purchase for social and political interventions? Modern Asia is a region in which the traumatic legacies of colonialism persist and military regimes and dictatorships have led to untold human suffering. Countless loss of life has been caused by revolution, civil war, and genocide; and natural catastrophe has rendered existing social and political tensions even more volatile. The insights of trauma theory for the analysis of literary and cultural representation in Asia and the enrichment of trauma studies by the study of Asian literatures are two crucial areas of scholarly research. This book broadens the scope of trauma and memory studies by considering whether existing concepts of trauma and memory are viable in relation to the histories, present states, and futures of the non-Western world. Explore the complex and surprising intersections of literature, history, and ethics across the region through its wide-ranging but closely comparative focus on geo-political sites across East, South, and Southeast Asia which brings together perspectives on both dominant and marginalized sites in the broad Asian continent, including Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Turkey.

Table of contents: 

1.Introduction (Sharanya Jayawickrama) Part One: Activating Memory 2.Tha Language of Trauma in Gao Xingjian's Selected Short Stories (Michael Ka Chi Cheuk) 3.Forgiving But Not Forgetting in The Garden of Evening Mists (Zhu Ying) 4. Healing from the Khmer Rouge Genocide by Tell[ing] the World : Active Subjectivity and Cultural Memory in Loung Ung's First They Killed My Father (Nelly Mok) Part Two: Testimonial Forms 5. The Urge for an Amorphous `Body': Reading Elif Shafak's The Gaze as a Testimony (Anamika Purohit) 6.The Great East Japan Earthquake and Children's Picture Books (Michele Chan Chi Ying) 7.Young People's Memories of a Violent Past in Southeast Asia (Marija Todorova and Kathleen Ahrens) Part Three: Trauma, Body, State 8.Defiance and the Speakability of Rape: Decolonizing Trauma Studies in Mahasweta Devi's Fiction (Bidisha Banerjee) 9.Engendering Islam: Religio-Cultural Violence and Trauma in Qaisera Shahraz's The Holy Woman (Rahul K. Gairola and Elham Fatma) 10. The War and the Wave: Literary and Cultural Narrative at the Intersection of Traumatic Experience in Sri Lanka (Sharanya Jayawickrama) Part Four: Traumascapes 11.Tyrants, Typhoons, and Trauma: Spectrality and Mid-Mourning in Nick Joaquin's Cave and Shadows (Jocelyn Martin) 12.Remembering and Commemorating Genocide: Dark Tourism in Cambodia (Robyn Morris) 13.Transgenerational Hauntings and Un-commemorated Traumascapes in Okinawan Literature (Kyle Ikeda)


Sharanya Jayawickrama is Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature in the Department of English Language and Literature at Hong Kong Shue Yan University.




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