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Violence and the Cultural Politics of Trauma

Jane Kilby


During the late 1970s and 1980s speaking out about the traumatic reality of incest and rape was a rare and politically groundbreaking act. Today it is a ubiquitous feature of popular culture and its political value uncertain. This book explores the complexity and consequences of this shift in giving first-hand testimony by focusing on debates over recovered memory therapy and false memory syndrome, the spectacle of talkshow disclosures, discourses of innocence and complicity, as well as the aesthetics and effect of shock. In counterpoint to the frequently cynical readings of personal narrative ... More

Keywords: incest, rape, popular culture, memory therapy, false memory syndrome, talkshow disclosures, shock, sexually traumatic experiences, sexual violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748618163
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618163.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Kilby, author