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GERMAN-CFP-L  July 2002

GERMAN-CFP-L July 2002

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CFP: Trauma, Wurmersian Masochism (Shame Affect), and the Hysterical (8/31/02; NEMLA, 3/6/03-3/9/03)

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Stefani Engelstein <[log in to unmask]>

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German Studies CFP Forum <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sat, 27 Jul 2002 12:19:52 -0500

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>CFP: Healing Psycho Aetiologies:  Re(reading) Trauma,  Wurmersian
>Masochism (Shame Affect) and the Hysterical. (NEMLA (Boston) 31/08/2002;
>06-09/03/2003).
>
>       The psycho-psychiatric concepts of trauma, masochism, and affective
>shame have recently surged psychoanalytic readings of texts into a
>new critical
>space.  Assembling a response to the postmodern prejudice against various
>typos of psychoanalysis, contemporary theorists exercise the practice
>heuristically, rather than politically, using theories of identity as a
>basis through which to build a novel apprehension of the potentiality of
>literary hermeneutics in a material clinical setting.
>
>       Considering their insistence on the primacy of healing and
>elucidation in the practice of literary hermeneutics, it is logical that
>methodologies stressing the vital importance of shame, masochism and trauma
>in the representation of autonomy often function concurrently. With a view
>to developing a new understanding of the subject as being traumatically
>constituted, post Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalytic theorists such as
>Caruth (1995, 1996), Felman (1985, 1995), Herman (1992), Silverman (1996),
>Zizek (1999), Deleuze (1990) and Teichholz & Kriegman (1998), proceeded
>from heterogeneous interpretations of Sigmund Freuds (1967) work dealing
>with war trauma and masochism, and have used its formal quality as a
>paradigm for reading the traumatic and the hysterical.  Concurrently,
>additional literary theorists/ clinicians, such as Morrison (1989), Jacoby
>(1991), Nathanson (1992), Wurmser (1981, 1997, 2000), Berman (1977, 1985,
>1990, 1995), Sedgewick &Frank (1995), Adamson & Clarke (1999), and
>Schapiro (1983, 1999) were busy at work disseminating shame theory via the
>work of Kohut (1977) and Tomkins (1962), where attention to affective
>cycles of shame constitute the methodologys basis.
>
>       Put simply, trauma theory focuses on the proto experience of an
>  individual and her need to have it conceptualized through language, while
>shame theory provides a framework explaining often pathological forms of
>behaviour as symptoms of intense shame. Curiously, despite the proximity
>and intention of their projects, both convocations have yet to be
>theoretically addressed by the other. This effacement would seem to be a
>product of hermeneutical idiosyncrasies constituting each reading
>practice, rather than the result of any actual ideological dissimilarity.
>For example, although both groups exercise close readings of texts, the
>former group considers the text as if it were written to symbolize or
>represent the experience of trauma, endeavouring to elucidate the
>ineluctable and engendering this voice into speech. By bringing this
>violent silence into efflorescence these critics facilitate, as it were,
>an emancipation of that presupposed to be repressed in the text.
>Conversely, shame theory engrosses traumatic narratives through its
>attention to severely paralyzing shame affects manifested in individual
>narratives. Nevertheless, by paying close attention to symbology and
>mythoi that often underscore fragmented narratives and give them meaning,
>all of these theorists ethically elucidate, in one form or another,
>literary representations of trauma, masochism and shame.
>
>       Moreover, with the exception of Leon Wurmsers recent clinical
>investigation of splitting, where trauma and shame affects are reduced to
>a tandem mechanism labelled masochism, this unification of the two affects
>has failed to be theorized (2000). Wurmser proposes both trauma and shame
>originate in an affectively constructed masochism resulting from traumata,
>where ones shame affect cycle constitutes the behavioural, material
>evidence for the non elucidated trauma. When dealing with contemporary
>writing where both theme and structure are often significative of deep
>emotional disturbances, one would be hard pressed in finding a more
>elucidating set of methodologies. Indeed, as Schapiro has pointed out,
>psychoanalytic theory has only recently caught up with many of the
>insights about psychological life constitutive of the novel (1999). Thus,
>following Wurmser (2000), Zizek (1999), Caruth and Berman (1995), this
>panel will theorize in an unprecedented fashion possible intersections
>between art, philosophy and psychiatry, ultimately questing for
>conceivable therapeutic methods which might yet facilitate a clinical
>paradigm for hermeneutics of healing.
>
>Papers (or abstracts) shoudl be sent by email to the following address by
>31/ 08/ 2002 and inidviduals MUST be members for NEMLA by 01/12/ 2002.
>
>Send abstracts to :
>
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>
>
>???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
>
>William Alejandro Martin,
>Department of English,
>Sessional Lecturer,
>Communication Studies
>McMaster University (Hamilton)
>
>
>Department of English (CNH 320),
>Department of Communication Studies (TSH 512),
>McMaster University, 1280 Main Street W.
>Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. L8S 4L9.
>
>Ph. - H - (905) 527 - 5711
>
>Email: [log in to unmask]
>
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>
>Everything is on the outside . . . nothing is hidden. - S. Zizek.
>
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>

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