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The Future of Testimony : Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Witnessing

By: Rowland, Antony.
Contributor(s): Kilby, Jane.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature: Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014Description: 1 online resource (255 p.).ISBN: 9781135010010.Subject(s): Memory -- Social aspects | Psychic trauma and mass media | Psychic trauma in literature | Recollection (Psychology) -- Case studies | Testimony (Theory of knowledge) | Witnesses in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Future of Testimony : Interdisciplinary Perspectives on WitnessingDDC classification: 809.93353 | 809/.93353 LOC classification: PN56.P93 F88 2014Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART I Witnessing in Psychoanalysis and History; 1 History, Memory, Testimony; 2 After the End: Psychoanalysis in the Ashes of History; 3 Fire in the Archive: The Alignment of Witnesses; 4 The Public Secret; 5 Testimonial Modes: Witnessing, Evidence and Testimony Before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; PART II Beyond Western Testimony; 6 Hannah Arendt's Message of Ill-Tidings: Statelessness, Rights and Speech
7 Professional Witnessing in Rwanda: Human Rights and Creative Responses to Genocide8 Beyond Autobiography: Hybrid Testimony and the Art of Witness; 9 A Natural History of Testimony?; PART III The Enduring Aesthetic: Literature and Testimony; 10 Holocaust Memory and the Critique of Violence in Caryl Churchill's Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza; 11 Living Among the Ruins of Memory and Language: Jorge Semprún and Testimony; 12 Impossible Histories: Adorno and the Question of Lyric; 13 'The Writer Begins in the Towers': Don DeLillo, 9/11 and the Ethics of Testimony; List of Contributors
BibliographyIndex
Summary: Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the groundbreaking Testimony, this collection brings together the leading academics from a range of scholarly fields to explore the meaning, use, and value of testimony in law and politics, its relationship to other forms of writing like literature and poetry, and its place in society. It visits testimony in relation to a range of critical developments, including the rise of Truth Commissions and the explosion and radical extension of human rights discourse; renewed cultural interest in perpetrators of violence alongside the phenomenal commercial success of victim testimony (in the form of misery memoirs); and the emergence of disciplinary interest in genocide, terror, and other violent atrocities. These issues are necessarily inflected by the question of witnessing violence, pain, and suffering at both the local and global level, across cultures, and in postcolonial contexts. At the volume's core is an interdisciplinary concern over the current and future nature of witnessing as it plays out through a 'new' Europe, post-9/11 US, war-torn Africa, and in countless refugee and detention centers, and as it is worked out by lawyers, journalists, medics, and novelists. The collection draws together an international range of case-studies, including discussion of the former Yugoslavia, Gaza, and Rwanda, and encompasses a cross-disciplinary set of texts, novels, plays, testimonial writing, and hybrid testimonies. The volume situates itself at the cutting-edge of debate and as such brings together the leading thinkers in the field, requiring that each address the future, anticipating and setting the future terms of debate on the importance of testimony.
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Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART I Witnessing in Psychoanalysis and History; 1 History, Memory, Testimony; 2 After the End: Psychoanalysis in the Ashes of History; 3 Fire in the Archive: The Alignment of Witnesses; 4 The Public Secret; 5 Testimonial Modes: Witnessing, Evidence and Testimony Before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; PART II Beyond Western Testimony; 6 Hannah Arendt's Message of Ill-Tidings: Statelessness, Rights and Speech

7 Professional Witnessing in Rwanda: Human Rights and Creative Responses to Genocide8 Beyond Autobiography: Hybrid Testimony and the Art of Witness; 9 A Natural History of Testimony?; PART III The Enduring Aesthetic: Literature and Testimony; 10 Holocaust Memory and the Critique of Violence in Caryl Churchill's Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza; 11 Living Among the Ruins of Memory and Language: Jorge Semprún and Testimony; 12 Impossible Histories: Adorno and the Question of Lyric; 13 'The Writer Begins in the Towers': Don DeLillo, 9/11 and the Ethics of Testimony; List of Contributors

BibliographyIndex

Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the groundbreaking Testimony, this collection brings together the leading academics from a range of scholarly fields to explore the meaning, use, and value of testimony in law and politics, its relationship to other forms of writing like literature and poetry, and its place in society. It visits testimony in relation to a range of critical developments, including the rise of Truth Commissions and the explosion and radical extension of human rights discourse; renewed cultural interest in perpetrators of violence alongside the phenomenal commercial success of victim testimony (in the form of misery memoirs); and the emergence of disciplinary interest in genocide, terror, and other violent atrocities. These issues are necessarily inflected by the question of witnessing violence, pain, and suffering at both the local and global level, across cultures, and in postcolonial contexts. At the volume's core is an interdisciplinary concern over the current and future nature of witnessing as it plays out through a 'new' Europe, post-9/11 US, war-torn Africa, and in countless refugee and detention centers, and as it is worked out by lawyers, journalists, medics, and novelists. The collection draws together an international range of case-studies, including discussion of the former Yugoslavia, Gaza, and Rwanda, and encompasses a cross-disciplinary set of texts, novels, plays, testimonial writing, and hybrid testimonies. The volume situates itself at the cutting-edge of debate and as such brings together the leading thinkers in the field, requiring that each address the future, anticipating and setting the future terms of debate on the importance of testimony.

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<p>Antony Rowland is Professor of Contemporary English Literature in the College of Arts at University of Lincoln, UK.</p> <p>Jane Kilby is Senior Lecturer innbsp;English and Cultural Studiesnbsp;at University of Salford, UK.</p>

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