Allegiance to Social Identity

“Allegiance,” as I’m seeing it, is about a deeper affinity that mere alliance, and it’s a bit different from relationship.  Relationship would be that your life (or fate, or destiny) is tied to the life of another.  A child has a relationship with parents, a CEO has a relationship with the corporation.  But relationship does…

The Rhetoric of Trauma

Trauma is by no means “purely rhetorical” – there is the documented fact of experiences that erode the efficacy of memory.  But some people, I think, see trauma only as rhetorical.  They imitate the narratives of trauma survivors through fabricated or hyperbolized autobiography. I don’t know whether these acts are an indication of a complete lack…

Identification vs Historicism: Suspension of Disbelief, Promotion of Ideology

LaCapra describes the difference between “writing trauma” and “writing about trauma” (186).  He raises a question about the film Shoah, asking whether Polish resistance to the Hocaust was excluded because the speaker was too detached and not actively reliving his experiences (“writing about trauma”), or if instead the documentary can now be critiqued for failing…