The Poetics of Transgenerational Trauma

Author:   Meera Atkinson (University of Sydney, Australia)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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9781501349119


Pages:   240
Publication Date:   07 February 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Author:   Meera Atkinson (University of Sydney, Australia)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic USA
Weight:   0.340kg
ISBN:  

9781501349119


ISBN 10:   1501349112
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   07 February 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Manufactured on demand   Availability explained
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Not since For Your Own Good: The Roots of Violence in Childrearing have I encountered a book that politicises familial violence and provides routes into and out of the traumatic and traumatising arrangements of forces, which are routinely part of family lives. The Poetics of Transgenerational Trauma is a feminist experiment and encounter, staging literary testimonies of trauma and relational violence at the dynamic intersection of affect and trauma studies, and subject, text and society. It is inventive, urgent, important and highly original. Meera Atkinson helps to define a new genre of writing that transfigures the lived experience of violence captured in literary testimonies into an urgent political category that captivates and allows the proliferation of new visibilities and intelligibilities. * Lisa Blackman, Co-Head of Media and Communications Department, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK * Breaking through the collective denial of the social effects of increased family and partner violence, The Poetics of Transgenerational Trauma develops close readings of literary texts that figure the 'cyclical haunting' of familial trauma. Atkinson's book makes a strong case for using the sensory intimacy of literature as a tool to overcome the communicative impasse of traumatic silences. It mobilizes a feminist perspective to explore the intersections of body studies and affect theory and makes a timely contribution to trauma studies and theory as well as literary studies. * Gabriele Schwab, Chancellor's Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine, USA * The Poetics of Transgenerational Trauma is a theoretically robust, fluently written argument for the importance of `literary testimony' and will quickly establish itself as necessary reading for scholars interested in the relationship of poetics, trauma and witnessing. Its commitment to interdisciplinary reading is a clear strength, showing especially in its engagement with questions of the environment and non-human animals. * Jane Kilby, Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies, University of Salford, UK *


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Meera Atkinson is Lecturer in English Literature at New York University Sydney, Australia. She is the author of Traumata (2018) and co-editor, with Michael Richardson, of Traumatic Affect (2013). Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction have been published in Salon.com, Best Australian Poems 2010, and Best Australian Stories 2007 among other publications.

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