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Traumatic possessions : the body and memory in African American women's writing and performance

Author: Jennifer L Griffiths
Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2009.
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Griffiths (English, New York Institute of Technology, Manhattan) looks at how African American writers and playwrights have explored ruptures in memory after a traumatic experience and attempted to develop creative strategies for understanding the inscription of trauma on the body in a racialized cultural context. By examining several literary and performance texts, the author shows how the self is reconstituted  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer L Griffiths
ISBN: 9780813928838 0813928834 9780813928845 0813928842 9780813928951 0813928958
OCLC Number: 391412715
Description: x, 134 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: "The quick gasp of sympathy": trauma and interracial witnessing in Sherley Anne Williams's Dessa Rose --
Betrayal trauma and the test of complicity in Suzan-Lori Parks's Venus --
Between women: trauma, witnessing, and the legacy of interracial rape in Robbie Mccauley's Sally's rape --
Uncanny spaces: trauma, cultural memory, and female body in Gayl Jones's Corregidora --
"I have never seen a movie like that": traumatic memory and the "acceleration of history" in Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.
Responsibility: Jennifer L. Griffiths.

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Examines the attempts of several African American writers and playwrights to explore ruptures in memory after a traumatic experience and to develop creative strategies for understanding the  Read more...

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