The shock of trauma can freeze a moment. Time can seem elongated or detached. But then, belatedly, a traumatic event can hauntingly return and feel present. How does trauma fracture narrative continuity and a cohesive sense of time? How can it collapse distinctions among past, present and future? This course will explore theories about the nature of time and the coherence or fragmentation of Self. It will consider how traumas are documented, narrated, and passed on individually and in art, memorials, and performance. Readings may include St. Augustine's Confessions (Book 11), Marcel Proust Swann's Way , Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts , W. B. Sebald's Austerlitz, Art Spiegelman's Maus , Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried , Marguerite Duras' The War , Patrick Modiano's Dora Bruder , Saidiya Harman's Lose Your Mother and The Melancholy of Race by Anne Anlin Cheng.
Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)