Extremities: Trauma, Testimony, and Community

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University of Illinois Press
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6.12 X 9.04 X 0.9 inches | 0.98 pounds

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About the Author

Nancy K. Miller is Distinguished Professor of English and comparative literature at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of Bequest and Betrayal: Memoirs of a Parent's Death and But Enough about Me: Why We Read Other People's Lives.Jason Tougaw is lecturer at Princeton University and the author of numerous scholarly articles.


"A powerful contribution to the understanding of trauma through the primary lens of autobiography and memoir. . . .This impressive volume offers not only a theoretical vocabulary rich in its suggestiveness--orphaned memory and foster-writing, writing wrong and writing pain, communities of risk and moral hospitality, traumatic realism and traumatic experience as citation, witnessing by adoption and feminist postmemory--it also holds fast to the hope of community fostered on common grounds."--Kathleen Woodward, director of the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington
"Extremities offers fresh perspectives on a subject of urgent public concern: the experience of trauma in our lives and the problems it poses for those who write and read it."--Paul John Eakin, author of How Our Lives Become Stories: Making Selves
"This collection beautifully answers the demand for an ethical rhetoric in the rapidly proliferating field of trauma studies. Neither exploiting nor titillating, Extremities seriously and sensitively explores the devastating wounds to our private and public worlds, their consequences, and our potential for recuperation."--Claire Kahane, author of Passions of the Voice: Hysteria, Narrative, and the Figure of the Speaking Woman