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The Future Life of TraumaPartitions, Borders, Repetition$
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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 Problem of Trauma

The Problem of Trauma

(p.15) Chapter 1 The Problem of Trauma
The Future Life of Trauma

Jennifer Yusin

Fordham University Press

This chapter brings to light the ways in which the concept of the psychic event, understood as a traumatic event, in the Freudian metapsychology blurs the distinction between interiority and exteriority in the form and functioning of psychical life. It demonstrates that Freud’s thinking of the compulsion to repeat traumatic scenarios distinguishes between the binding of repetition and the process of representing the drives. This difference shows that the character of compulsion is not purely determinist and the psychic elaboration of trauma is the formation of a materially real event. Unlike current trends in trauma studies, this chapter exposes how the relation between binding and repetition in trauma leads to the possibility of transforming the ontological meaning of destruction.

Keywords:   binding, contingency, death drive, Freud, necessity, repetition

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