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Jennifer Yusin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823275458

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823275458.001.0001

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The Interface of Trauma

(p.1) Introduction
The Future Life of Trauma

Jennifer Yusin

Fordham University Press

The introduction describes the conceptual contexts for the composition of the traumatic event as it is developed in psychoanalysis and postcolonial studies. It offers an analysis of the analytic strategies of postcolonial critiques that identify and resist so called Eurocentric biases within the field of trauma studies. Unveiling that such critiques owe to the same ideological tendency that assumes priority of the symbolic over the material dimensions of life advanced by the field, this chapter situates the traumatic event as the point where psychoanalytic and postcolonial discourses meet. In so establishing, it demonstrates the necessity to transform the concepts of trauma and event.

Keywords:   event, materialism, postcolonial, psychoanalysis, symbolic, trauma

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