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Title:Being and suffering: toward an existentialist understanding of memory, suffering, and violence
Author(s):Elliott, Jeffrey Okla
Director of Research:Kaplan, Brett A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Kaplan, Brett A.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Blake, Nancy M; Gasyna, George Z; Rothberg, Michael
Department / Program:Comparative & World Literature
Discipline:Comparative Literature
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Martin Heidegger
Jean-Paul Sartre
Memory Studies
Trauma Studies
Abstract:This is an application of existentialist and phenomenological philosophy to the psychology and ethical concerns of memory, suffering, and violence. The primary goal is to take up the recent resurgence of existentialist/phenomenological thought and apply it to the fields of memory studies and trauma studies, broadly conceived. The methodology blends those of literary studies and philosophy, given that the subjects of the current investigation themselves blur the lines between literature and philosophical production. This work likewise explores the role of violence and counter-violence as formative of identity among marginalized groups and asks what the psychological and ethical consequences of such violence are. Finally, via a theorizing of limit-experiences, a sketch for a kind of existentialist ethics is sought.
Issue Date:2015-07-14
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Elliott
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-29
Date Deposited:August 201

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