War and Trauma in the Modern Age
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
29 June 2020
Requisites for this module
BA L3C8 Criminology with Social Psychology,
BA L3H8 Criminology with Social Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BA LHC8 Criminology with Social Psychology (Including Year Abroad)
What is 'trauma' and how is its history connected to that of war in the twentieth century? How have stories of trauma become a feature of contemporary society, and why? This module traces the history of trauma from the age of 'total war', through the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts to the present, linking the history and sociology of medicine to the cultural and social history of modern warfare.
The module looks at how medical understandings of trauma have changed, and how they reflect the social norms of their time, from the late nineteenth century concern with hysteria, through the discovery of 'shell-shock' in the First World War, to Gulf War Syndrome and PTSD in the 1990s.
The module will investigate the rise and circulation of trauma culture in art, film, and personal testimony of war. It concludes with reflection on the age of catastrophe, developing a critical sociological perspective on the contemporary fascination with trauma.
* knowledge of the social and cultural history of wars across the 20th Century and of their role in the development of key concepts such as ‘shell-shock’, ‘hysteria’, ‘trauma’ and ‘PTSD’.
* skills of critical evaluation and intellectual argument.
Please note that assessment information is currently showing for 2019-20 and will be updated in September.
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- Judt, Tony. (2005) 'From the House of the Dead. An essay on modern European memory', in Postwar: a history of Europe since 1945, London: William Heinemann.
- Freud, Sigmund; Reddick, John; Edmundson, Mark. (2003) Beyond the pleasure principle and other writings, London: Penguin. vol. Penguin classics
- Jeffery, Keith. (2015) 'Commemoration in the United Kingdom: A multitude of memories', in Australian Journal of Political Science. vol. 50 (3) , pp.562-567
- Heard, Barry. (2007) Well done, those men: memoirs of a Vietnam veteran, Melbourne: Scribe Publications.
- Miriam Reisman. (2016) 'PTSD Treatment for Veterans: What's Working, What's New, and What's Next', in P&T: A Peer-Reviewed Journal for Managed Care & Formulary Management: MediMedia USA. vol. 41 (10) , pp.623-634
- Wellum, Geoffrey. (2009) First light, London: Michael Joseph.
- Elizabeth Jelin; Susana G. Kaufmann. (2000) 'Layers of Memories: twenty years after in Argentina', in The politics of war memory and commemoration, London: Routledge. vol. Routledge studies in memory and narrative, pp.89-110
- W. H. R. Rivers. (1920) 'The Repression of War Experience', in Instinct and the unconscious: a contribution to a biological theory of the psycho-neuroses, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. vol. The Cambridge medical series, pp.185-204
- Kubrick, Stanley; Modine, Matthew; Baldwin, Adam. (2001) Full metal jacket, [London?]: Warner Home Video. vol. Stanley Kubrick collection
- Marianne Hirsch. (2012) The generation of postmemory: writing and visual culture after the Holocaust, New York: Columbia University Press. vol. Gender and culture
- Laub, Dori. (1991) 'Truth and Testimony: The Process and the Struggle', in American Imago: The Johns Hopkins University Press. vol. 48 (1) , pp.75-91
- Buckerfield, Lucy; Ballinger, Steve. (2019) The People's Centenary: Tracking Public Attitudes to the First World War Centenary 2013-2018: British Future.
- Elaine Showalter. (1997) 'Gulf War Syndrome', in Hystories: hysterical epidemics and modern culture, London: Picador., pp.133-143
- Dodd, Lindsey. (2013) ''It did not traumatise me at all': childhood 'trauma' in French oral narratives of wartime bombing', in Oral History: Oral History Society. vol. 41 (2) , pp.37-48
- Garland, Caroline. (1998) Understanding trauma: a psychoanalytical approach, London: Duckworth. vol. Tavistock Clinic series
- Grinker, Roy R.; Spiegel, John P. (©1979) Men under stress, New York: Irvington Publishers.
- Fonda, Jane; Hellman, Jerome; Ashby, Hal. (2004) Coming home, [U.K.]: MGM Home Entertainment.
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- Susan Kent. (2009) 'Introduction', in Aftershocks: politics and trauma in Britain, 1918-1931, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan., pp.1-9
- Coppola, Francis Ford; Sheen, Martin; Brando, Marlon; Duvall, Robert. (1999, c1979) Apocalypse now, [Hollywood, Calif.?]: Paramount.
- Hoffman, Eva. (2005) After such knowledge: a meditation on the aftermath of the Holocaust, London: Vintage.
- Robert De Board. (2014) 'Groups and their basic assumptions—the in?uence of Wilfred Bion', in The psychoanalysis of organizations: a psychoanalytic approach to behaviour in groups and organizations, New York: Routledge., pp.35-48
- Michal, Givoni. (2011) 'Witnessing/Testimony', in Mafte'akh : lexical review of political thought: Tel Aviv University. vol. 2e, pp.147-170
- Lanzmann, Claude. (c2007) Shoah, [S.l.]: Eureka.
- Cimino, Michael; De Niro, Robert. (c2002) The deer hunter, [London?]: Warner Bros Home Video.
- Bion, Wilfred R.; Bion, Francesca. (1997) War memoirs, 1917-1919, London: Karnac Books.
- Freud, Sigmund; Bell, Anthea; Robertson, Ritchie. (2013) A case of hysteria: (Dora), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Michael Roper, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Shaul Bar Haim
Jane Harper, Undergraduate Administrator, Telephone: 01206 873052
Dr Jennifer Fleetwood
Goldsmiths, University of London
Senior Lecturer in Criminology
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