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, The Melancholy of Race by Anne Anlin Cheng, The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson and contemporary essays on how current news, discourse, and assaults can trigger traumatic symptoms and returns of the past.
Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)