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Deleuze and Memorial CultureDesire, Singular Memory and the Politics of Trauma$
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Adrian Parr

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627547

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627547.001.0001

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The Amish Shootings

The Amish Shootings

(p.112) CHAPTER 6 The Amish Shootings
Deleuze and Memorial Culture

Adrian Parr

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter attempts to extract the sense of trauma by engaging the same synthesis in its legitimate form in the case of the Amish shootings in Pennsylvania. It suggests that the shootings of ten Amish schoolgirls and the community's response to this event provide us with an important shift in focus away from either being an unrepresentable trauma figured as lack (void of content), or an uncompromising repetition of memory that refuses to forget a traumatic experience. The chapter argues that the Amish response to the incident extracted the sense of trauma that emerges between appearances and copies, memory and history, all the while encouraging us to pose our question of traumatic memory in slightly different terms.

Keywords:   Amish shootings, trauma, Pennsylvania, repetition of memory, traumatic experience, memory and history

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