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Haunting Legacies: Violent Histories and Transgenerational Trauma

Gabriele Schwab

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Paper, 256 pages,
ISBN: 978-0-231-15257-0
$28.00 / £19.50

October, 2010
Cloth, 256 pages,
ISBN: 978-0-231-15256-3
$85.00 / £58.50

"Passionate, committed, and hard-hitting on every page, Haunting Legacies draws on an exceptional range of theoretical models and literary texts to reveal the traumatic traces of violence written into the cultural fabric of the present day. Rigorous in its analysis but never indifferent to the real suffering permeating the objects of its investigation, Haunting Legacies marries righteous indignation with a poetic reflection on Gabriele Schwab's own history growing up in West Germany in the immediate aftermath of her country's genocidal madness." — Stuart Taberner , Leeds Humanities Research Institute

"Haunting Legacies offers a brilliant, fresh, and stimulating approach to the study of trauma. Drawing on personal experiences as well as a wide array historical and theoretical sources, Gabriele Schwab addresses genocide, slavery, and colonial violence as they haunt individuals and cultures long after the horrific event. Her work considerably expands on the most recent advances in psychoanalytic and postcolonial theory and is sure to be discussed across disciplines for many years to come." — Amir Eshel, Stanford University

"While arguably controversial in academic practice, the inclusion of personal material here serves not only as illumination of the psychoanalytic and trauma theories the book engages with but, perhaps more importantly, as enactment of facing up to and working through a haunting legacy." — Reina Van Der Wiel, European Legacy

"Haunting Legacies is a thought-provoking study of the transmission of trauma that will become a classic in the field." — Nicholas Chare, Years Work in Critical and Cultural Studies (Trauma and Testimony)

"Both an innovative intervention and a powerful work of scholarship" — Graeme Pedlingham, Years Work in Critical and Cultural Studies (Psychoanalysis)

"Schwab's work is a model of comparative investigation... Haunting Legacies is a deeply personal book. But it's richer for it..." — Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature

"In this highly original and courageous study, Gabriele Schwab breaks new ground in the study of trauma and its intergenerational transmission, doing so through a special focus on the long-term effects of violent histories on the generations of both victims and perpetrators." — Michael Levine, Rutgers University

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About the Author

Gabriele Schwab is Chancellor's Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. Her books in English include Derrida, Deleuze, Psychoanalysis; Accelerating Possessions: Global Futures of Property and Personhood; and The Mirror and the Killer-Queen: Otherness in Literary Language.

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