Key Concepts in Trauma from LaCapra

Foundational Trauma: the sense tha traumatic events in the past may be adopted and internalized in such a way that “recovery” or “getting over it” is seen to “dishonor” the trauma, or as a betrayal to the victims.  Thus, the identification with that past experience of trauma becomes foundational in the personal or collective identity.…

J.C. Hallman on reading in the context of ourselves

J.C. Hallman writes that “We never read outside the context of ourselves” (qtd. in Kellman B15).  And this, I think, seems pretty obvious – why even state it, really?  Except that most theories of knowledge appear to posit knowing as tied to an external phenomenon.  There must be an external something that one is to know about.…

Roland Barthes – “The Death of the Author”

Barthes, Roland.  “The Death of the Author.”  Trans. Richard Howard.  Tomorrow Book Project.  Web.  19 Oct. 2014. Clearly a seminal essay in literary theory, and a key contribution in understanding New Criticism.  My take is that Barthes is arguing not for the critical “death” of the author, but rather to build on the agency of…