Traumatic Memory and the Ethical, Political and Transhistorical Functions of Literature

  • Susana Onega
  • Constanza del Río
  • Maite Escudero-Alías

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict book series (PSCHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Susana Onega, Constanza del Río, Maite Escudero-Alías
    Pages 1-17
  3. The Ideological and Aesthetic (Re)construction of Cultural Memory in Early Twentieth-Century Literature

  4. Ethical and Aesthetic Challenges in the Representation, Transmission and Teaching of the Holocaust

  5. Romance Strategies and Spectrality in the Fictional Representation of Traumatic Memories

  6. Dislocated Lives and Narratives: Hybridity, Liminality and the Testimonial Representation of Traumatic Memories in a Postcolonial Context

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 317-331

About this book


This volume addresses the construction and artistic representation of traumatic memories in the contemporary Western world from a variety of inter- and trans-disciplinarity critical approaches and perspectives, ranging from the cultural, political, historical, and ideological to the ethical and aesthetic, and distinguishing between individual, collective, and cultural traumas. The chapters introduce complementary concepts from diverse thinkers including Cathy Caruth, Jacques Derrida, Judith Butler, Homi Bhabha, Abraham and Torok, and Joyce Carol Oates; they also draw from fields of study such as Memory Studies, Theory of Affects, Narrative and Genre Theory, and Cultural Studies.

Traumatic Memory and the Political, Economic, and Transhistorical Functions of Literature addresses trauma as a culturally embedded phenomenon and deconstructs the idea of trauma as universal, transhistorical, and abstract.


Trama Cultural Memory Literature Memory Studies European Literature American Literature

Editors and affiliations

  • Susana Onega
    • 1
  • Constanza del Río
    • 2
  • Maite Escudero-Alías
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of English and German PhilologyUniversity of ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  2. 2.Department of English and German PhilologyUniversity of ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  3. 3.Department of English and German PhilologyUniversity of ZaragozaZaragozaSpain

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