HENA03627U English - Free topic: Post-traumatic cultures since the Great War

Volume 2014/2015

Trauma has a history: its personal effects and collective consequences alter according to time, place and culture. This course addresses the history of trauma in particular settings to give a comparative understanding of its personal effects and its cultural consequences: we investigate a group of case studies in depth, and trace change through time; our examples include the Great War, the Second World War and Northern Ireland. Our approach to the subject draws particularly on cultural history methodologies, paying particular attention to individuals and small groups because they illuminate the changing nature of trauma. Medical, military and political attitudes matter too becuase all shape the reception and welfare of traumatised individuals. Equally, there are alterations in wider social attitudes across time: towards mental disorders, commemoration, and the meaning of past events as they are subsequently re-interpreted. War trauma also has a rich history in literature and film which we will explore for its connections to and represtations of experience, for its clues to changing social and cultural attitudes.

Graham Dawson, Making Peace with the Past? Memory, Trauma and the Irish Troubles (2010)
Peter Leese, Shell Shock. Traumatic Neurosis and the British Soldiers of the First World War (2014)
Ben Shephard, A War Of Nerves: Soldiers and Psychiatrists, 1914-1994 (2002)
J. Withuis and A. Mooij, eds.,The Politics of War Trauma: The Aftermath of World War II in Eleven European Countries (2011)

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  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 176,75
  • Total
  • 204,75