The Ineffability of the Traumatic Past, but the Necessity to Testify

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2013
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Bi-College (Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges). Comparative Literature Program
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The traumatic experience itself resists any logical and regular characterization. As such, the representation of these traumatic events through film, literature, or photography threatens their authenticity and objectivity. Yet, there is an ethical necessity to confront and represent this past, so that it is not lost to a greater trend of cultural amnesia. Employing different combinations of visual and textual media as well as different discursive styles, Kurt Vonnegut in his novel Slaughterhouse-Five, Patricio Guzmán in his documentary Chile, Obstinate Memory and W.G. Sebald in his story of “Paul Bereyter” in The Emigrants, each set out to confront these issues.
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