Engaging Images of Evil: An Imaginal Approach to Historical Trauma

Herman, Lisa (2010) Engaging Images of Evil: An Imaginal Approach to Historical Trauma. ReVision, 31 (1).

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Abstract

What happens when an historical event, i.e. an event that is not only personal but also shared by a community, recedes into the past? What happens when we who were not there are still influenced by its images? What happens when we continue to be traumatized by the images of that event (and other events)? Does it make a difference whether we are conscious of the effects and whether we are not? How do we become aware of the event’s present effect on us? Known in the psychological world as ‘secondary trauma’ this ongoing presence of particular historical events is my area of research, research that occurs in the imagination of a non-participant to that event. My particular concern is the effect of the images of evil events and their iconic manifestation: Auschwitz.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Psychology > Critical Theory
Psychology > Imaginal Psychology
Depositing User: Lisa Herman
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2017 18:57
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2017 18:57
URI: http://scholarship.meridianuniversity.edu/id/eprint/140

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