By Susan J. Brison

ISBN-10: 0691016194

ISBN-13: 9780691016191

ISBN-10: 0691115702

ISBN-13: 9780691115702

On July four, 1990, whereas on a morning stroll in southern France, Susan Brison was once attacked from at the back of, critically overwhelmed, sexually assaulted, strangled to unconsciousness, and left for lifeless. She survived, yet her international used to be destroyed. Her education as a thinker couldn't support her make feel of items, and plenty of of her primary assumptions concerning the nature of the self and the area it inhabits have been shattered.

At as soon as a private narrative of restoration and a philosophical exploration of trauma, this ebook examines the undoing and remaking of a self within the aftermath of violence. It explores, from an interdisciplinary point of view, reminiscence and fact, identification and self, autonomy and neighborhood. It deals ingenious entry to the adventure of a rape survivor in addition to a reflective critique of a society during which girls normally worry and endure sexual violence.

As Brison observes, trauma disrupts reminiscence, severs previous from current, and incapacitates the facility to examine a destiny. but the act of bearing witness, she argues, enables restoration by means of integrating the adventure into the survivor's life's tale. She additionally argues for the significance, in addition to the risks, of utilizing first-person narratives in realizing not just trauma, but in addition better philosophical questions about what we will understand and the way we should always live.

Bravely and wonderfully written, Aftermath is that infrequent publication that's a demonstration of its personal arguments.

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