Testimony excerpt Laub Felman

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Unformatted text preview: From Testimony: Crises of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis, and History by Shoshana Felman and Dori Laub, Routledge: London 1992. 1. Read excerpt from: Testimony: Crises of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis, and History by Shoshana Felman and Dori Laub, Routledge: London 1992. 2. Pair up with partners. In pairs, discuss your answers to the following questions: • Felman and Laub identify various roles in witnessing trauma, among them the listener and the victim. What do these critics mean when they write that the “hearer” is “so to speak, the blank screen on which the event comes to be inscribed for the first time” (57)? • How, as Felman and Laub claim, can a listener become “a participant and a co ­owner of the traumatic event” (57)? • According to Felman and Laub, in what way is silence also an important part of the act of witnessing or listening to trauma? • What parts of this reading can be connected to the text we’re reading? ...
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