Haaken’s Review of Douglas’s Contesting Childhood

Janice Haaken’s review of Kate Douglas’s Contesting Childhood: Autobiography, Trauma, and Memory indicates that Douglas has interrogated the genre expectations of the childhood autobiography: “Douglas gathers up a rich web of autobiographical writing on childhood trauma to tell a larger cultural tale of the search for an authentic past” (853). “Douglas describes the demand on…

Trauma Scholars to Look Up

Susannah Radstone points out the following scholars I should look up: Carolyn Steedman and Empathy Theory (23). David Alexander points out that “trauma sites and trauma victims frequently become the objects of voyeuristic, or triumphalist fascination” (23). James Berger, writing about 9/11, indicates that “while some events get labelled traumatic, others, quite patently, do not”…