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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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Traumatic Hermeneutics

Traumatic Hermeneutics

Reading and Overreading the Pain of Others

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(p.29) Chapter Two Traumatic Hermeneutics
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Traces of War
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Colin Davis

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940421.003.0003

The chapter develops the notion of ‘traumatic hermeneutics’, which focusses on the problems of interpretation raised by trauma and traumatized writing, when the signs of pain may be far removed from the manifest material available to the interpreter. The chapter considers work in psychoanalysis and neuroscience, and also texts by survivors Semprun and Delbo, to demonstrate the inevitable risks and potential gains of interpretation when faced with texts which reveal or conceal trauma.

Keywords:   trauma studies, hermeneutics, psychoanalysis, neuroscience, Delbo, Semprun

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