Early Modern Trauma: Europe and the Atlantic World

Peters, Erin ORCID: 0000-0002-8128-234X and Richards, Cynthia (2021) Early Modern Trauma: Europe and the Atlantic World. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln. ISBN 9781496208910

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Abstract

The term trauma refers to a wound or rupture that disorients, causing suffering and fear. Trauma theory has been heavily shaped by responses to modern catastrophes, and as such trauma is often seen as inherently linked to modernity. Yet psychological and cultural trauma as a result of distressing or disturbing experiences is a human phenomenon that has been recorded across time and cultures. The long seventeenth century (1598–1715) has been described as a period of almost continuous warfare, and the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries saw the development of modern slavery, colonialism, and nationalism, and witnessed plagues, floods, and significant sociopolitical, economic, and religious transformation. In Early Modern Trauma editors Erin Peters and Cynthia Richards present a variety of ways early modern contemporaries understood and narrated their experiences. Studying accounts left by those who experienced extreme events increases our understanding of the contexts in which traumatic experiences have been constructed and interpreted over time and broadens our understanding of trauma theory beyond the contemporary Euro-American context while giving invaluable insights into some of the most pressing issues of today.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Edited collection of essays
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cultural studies
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Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
E History America > E11 America (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures > PQ1-3999 French Literature
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education & Humanities > Humanities
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2020 10:04
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2022 09:35
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/8969

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