Memory, Trauma and Narratives of the Self

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Memory, Trauma and Narratives of the Self

An Interdisciplinary Approach

9781035337965 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Edmundo Balsemão Pires, Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Communication, and Information, Faculty of Letters, University of Coimbra, Cláudio Alexandre S. Carvalho, Invited Assistant Professor, University of Coimbra and Researcher, Institute of Philosophy, University of Porto and Joana Ricarte, Researcher, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (iiiUC), University of Coimbra, Portugal
Publication Date: August 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03533 796 5 Extent: 260 pp
This insightful book explores the impact of traumatic experiences on the constitution of narrative identity. Editors Edmundo Balsemão Pires, Cláudio Alexandre S. Carvalho, and Joana Ricarte bring together multidisciplinary experts to examine the epistemic and ethical-political value of narrative memory, demonstrating its significance in forming essential aspects of the self and collective identity.

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This insightful book explores the impact of traumatic experiences on the constitution of narrative identity. Editors Edmundo Balsemão Pires, Cláudio Alexandre S. Carvalho, and Joana Ricarte bring together multidisciplinary experts to examine the epistemic and ethical-political value of narrative memory, demonstrating its significance in forming essential aspects of the self and collective identity.

Challenging the idea of memory as a static, easily accessible and transferable repository, contributing authors instead present it as a dynamic process influenced by historical, therapeutic, artistic and political factors. Analysing the lasting impact of traumatic events, they assess the history of trauma therapy and use novel case studies to identify the role and nature of memory. Chapters investigate traumatic reenactments, conscious and unconscious attempts to suppress and appropriate memories, and the narrative coherence of origins, belonging and purposes. Ultimately, the book provides an integrative paradigm for understanding trauma that accounts for the psychic, social and political conditions which shape its categorization, identification and treatment.

Bringing together transdisciplinary theoretical models and empirical methodologies to forge new paths for the field, this book is an essential resource for academics and students in political science, sociology, psychology and psychoanalysis, the philosophy of memory and trauma studies.
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‘Narrative is at the core of articulations and interpretations of trauma and memory. This volume significantly increases our knowledge of its role. The distinguished contributors come from all sides of the intellectual spectrum, thus opening new pathways of understanding.’
– Ron Eyerman, Yale University, US and Lund University, Sweden
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Introduction to Memory, Trauma, and Narratives of the Self 1
Edmundo Balsemão Pires, Cláudio Alexandre S. Carvalho, and
Joana Ricarte
1 Melancholy, trauma and therapy 24
Cláudio Alexandre S. Carvalho
2 Individual and collective trauma as mnesic organizer:
identity, ego, and self 48
Carlos Farate and Henrique Testa Vicente
3 Psychopathology, somnambulism and animal life:
a Biranian approach 65
Luís António Umbelino
4 Memory as a communication medium 78
Edmundo Balsemão Pires
5 Traumatic experiences and life-stories: on narrative
identity and existential creativity 108
Paulo Jesus
6 Fragments of a self: embodiments, (re)enactments, and
re-encounters with memory 133
Ellen W. Kaplan
7 Memory, history, reviviscence 150
Paulo Tunhas
8 Epistemic injustice, conflict of narratives, and social change 169
Gonçalo Marcelo
9 Negotiating boundaries of belonging: identities,
recognition and agency 186
Amena Amer
10 Interviewing former politically violent militants:
reflections on fieldwork, narrative, memory and ethical dilemmas 200
Raquel da Silva
11 Historical memory, cultural violence, and conflict: the
genealogy of dehumanization in Israel and Palestine 225
Joana Ricarte
Index 244
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