This genealogy does not aim to tie together threads of similar ideology but instead points out where trauma theory seems to fall into a crevasse and implode it is impossible to read this book without participating in leyss unboundaried thinking which through a process of constant synthesis and leaps of connection stretches the mind. Trauma a genealogy user review not available book verdict in this psychohistorical survey of the traumatic 20th century leys humanities ctr johns hopkins univ shakes up scientists clinicians and postmodern literary gurus with an erudite and humbling . Psychic trauma is one of the most frequently invoked ideas in the behavioral sciences and the humanities today yet bitter disputes have marked the discussion of trauma ever since it first became an issue in the 1870s growing even more heated in recent years following official recognition of post traumatic stress disorder ptsdin a book that is bound to ignite controversy ruth leys . Trauma a genealogy ruth leys chicago university of chicago press 2000 x 318 hardback55 paperback19. A detailed genealogy of the concept of trauma in modern thought largely structured around the dichotomy the author perceives between mimetic and anti mimetic approaches to trauma the last 15 chapters an extended usually apt critique of caruth for misreadings of freud logical inconsistencies and alarming ethics
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