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Traces of WarInterpreting Ethics and Trauma in Twentieth-Century French Writing$
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Colin Davis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940421

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940421.001.0001

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Trauma and Ethics

Trauma and Ethics

Telling the Other’s Story

(p.11) Chapter One Trauma and Ethics
Traces of War

Colin Davis

Liverpool University Press

Trauma studies raises, but does not always give satisfactory answers, to ethical issues concerning, for example, secondary trauma and the academic discussion of testimonial texts. The first chapter in the section discusses work by Felman and Agamben, especially the latter’s highly problematic appropriation of the figure of the Muselmann; and it looks at the work of Charlotte Delbo, the deportee and survivor who takes the risk of speaking for the other despite the ethical pitfalls that this involves.

Keywords:   trauma studies, Felman, Agamben, Delbo, Holocaust

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