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World War II Literature
This paper analyzes literature written during World War II as well as the use and impact of the traumatic narratives within these works of writing.
# 67771 | 2,090 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Jul 17, 2006 in Literature (European (other)) , Literature (Comparative Literature)

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This paper focuses on World War II literature, particularly literature produced during the war itself, as well as the the immediate post-war period. The writer of this paper examines how the traumatic narratives used in these particular works of writing are circulated and perceived throughout culture. The writer contends and explains the manner in which these traumatic narratives share theoretical space with memory. This paper also examines the correlation between the reality of events that actually occurred to those associated with trauma and memory. This paper analyzes the studies that situate literature within the network of its then contemporaneous political field that tended to avoid exploring the mechanisms responsible for the appearance of historical events in texts written during this period.

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"There are many questions raised by such a description of trauma. First, since trauma is precisely the absence of the event, or the haunting of the present by a displaced experience that was never experienced nor understood at the "proper" time, it seems paradoxical that I would favor it as a method for foregrounding individual experience. But if it is true that memory is itself subject to many of the same epistemological problems raised by the study of trauma, then ultimately trauma is perhaps the best method for foregrounding individual experience. However, the subject of suffering does pose a larger problem for this notion of trauma; Scarry observes in The Body in Pain that pain is unsymbolizable, hence one can never adequately communicate what she or he is experiencing. This posits an interior space unavailable to the signifying field, revealing a limitation of the method I am outlining here."

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