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Trauma Cinema: Documenting Incest and the Holocaust (review)

Trauma Cinema: Documenting Incest and the Holocaust (review) 05-Reviews 9/20/06 2:43 PM Page 493 Reviews 493 Holocaust. Despite imperfections, Sounds of Defiance is heartfelt and intelli- gent, and it points the way for future studies of the role of English in con- veying the Jewish catastrophe of the twentieth century. Natania Rosenfeld Janet Walker. Trauma Cinema: Documenting Incest and the Holocaust. Berke- ley: U of California P, 2005. 251 pp. ISBN 0-520-24175-4, $24.95. This comprehensive and illuminating study of trauma and its relation to cin- ema uses the principle of disremembering to analyze a growing number of films that cope with the abuses of incest and the aftereffects of the Holocaust. Incest, located within the private and familial realms that home movies, tel- evision, and video bring to a public forum, is complemented by work in a variety of media made by witnesses born after the Second World War who cope with the aftereffects of Hitler’s “Final Solution.” For Walker, disremem- bering can be imagined as the expression of mosaic and flickering reflections of the past, fleeing memories on the verge of release from the internment of trauma, that allow individuals to begin to work through unbearable events that have crippled their lives. Walker follows Dori Laub’s http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Trauma Cinema: Documenting Incest and the Holocaust (review)

Biography , Volume 29 (3) – Oct 11, 2006

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05-Reviews 9/20/06 2:43 PM Page 493 Reviews 493 Holocaust. Despite imperfections, Sounds of Defiance is heartfelt and intelli- gent, and it points the way for future studies of the role of English in con- veying the Jewish catastrophe of the twentieth century. Natania Rosenfeld Janet Walker. Trauma Cinema: Documenting Incest and the Holocaust. Berke- ley: U of California P, 2005. 251 pp. ISBN 0-520-24175-4, $24.95. This comprehensive and illuminating study of trauma and its relation to cin- ema uses the principle of disremembering to analyze a growing number of films that cope with the abuses of incest and the aftereffects of the Holocaust. Incest, located within the private and familial realms that home movies, tel- evision, and video bring to a public forum, is complemented by work in a variety of media made by witnesses born after the Second World War who cope with the aftereffects of Hitler’s “Final Solution.” For Walker, disremem- bering can be imagined as the expression of mosaic and flickering reflections of the past, fleeing memories on the verge of release from the internment of trauma, that allow individuals to begin to work through unbearable events that have crippled their lives. Walker follows Dori Laub’s

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Published: Oct 11, 2006

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