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Lia Brozgal and Sara Kippur

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382639

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.001.0001

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Vulnerable Times

Vulnerable Times

(p.374) Chapter Twenty-Three Vulnerable Times*
Being Contemporary

Marianne Hirsch

Liverpool University Press

‘Vulnerable Times’, written by Marianne Hirsch, is the concluding chapter in both the ‘Memory: Past and Future’ and the volume itself. The essay reconsiders theories of trauma and memory, as well as recent critiques of trauma studies, through the frame of the contemporary. Through her engagement with several writers and artists whose work enacts not only traumatic events but also their transmission, Hirsch asks whether ‘the retrospective glance of trauma can be expanded and redirected to open alternate temporalities that might be more porous and future-oriented.’

Keywords:   French and Francophone Studies, Literary Theory, Literary Criticism, European Literature, French Literature, French Culture, Cultural Studies, European Studies

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