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Trauma, Media, Art

New Perspectives

Editor(s): Mick Broderick and Antonio Traverso
Contributors: Giorgia Dona, Lindsay Hallam, Mick Broderick and Antonio Traverso, Katrina Clifford, Anne Harris, GLen Donnar,

Book Description

During the past one hundred years or so, the depiction of traumatic historical events and experiences has been a recurrent theme in the work of artists and media professionals—including those in literature, theatre, visual art, architecture, cinema, and television—among other forms of cultural expression and social communication.

The essays collected in this book follow a contemporary critical trend in the field of trauma studies that reflects comparatively on artistic and media representations of traumatic histories and experiences from countries around the world. Focusing on a diversity of art and media forms—including memorials, literature, visual and installation art, music, video, film, and journalism—they both apply dominant theories of trauma and explore the former’s limitations while bearing in mind other possible methodologies.

Trauma, Media, Art: New Perspectives contributes to a critical trauma studies, a field that reinvigorates itself in the twenty-first century through its constant reassessment of the relationship between theory, representation, and global histories of violence and suffering.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2283-1
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2283-3
Date of Publication: 01/09/2010
Pages / Size: 299 / A5
Price: £39.99


Mick Broderick is Associate Professor and Research Coordinator in the School of Media, Communication and Culture at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, where he is also Deputy Director of the National Academy of Screen and Sound (NASS). His major publications include editions of the reference work Nuclear Movies (1988, 1991); as editor, Hibakusha Cinema (1996, 1999); and as co-editor, Interrogating Trauma: Arts and Media Responses to Collective Suffering (2010). Broderick is also a screen producer and curator.

Antonio Traverso is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. He has published essays on political world cinema and in 2010 co-edited (with Mick Broderick) Interrogating Trauma: Arts and Media Responses to Collective Suffering (Routledge). Traverso has also written, directed and produced short experimental and documentary films.