Faculty Research Forums Fall 2013
Suzette Henke, English
"Trauma, Modernism, Joyce"
Friday, November 22 @ 3:30 p.m.
Room 300, Humanities Building
This presentation on “post-traumatic fiction” will reconsider the modernist aesthetic in the context of psychoanalytic theory and new millennial trauma studies. Trauma served as a virtual matrix for literary modernism, and the textual unconscious of modernist fiction frequently exhibits recognizable symptoms of post-traumatic stress incorporated into its imaginary life-world. For the twentieth-century author wrestling with irreconcilable issues of mourning and bereavement, trauma overloads the psyche to such an extent that intrapsychic conflict evinces a fragmentary, dissociated stream of consciousness that reformulates the narrative chaos of a tessellated interior landscape. In James Joyce’s Ulysses, Stephen Dedalus feels tormented by overwhelming guilt evinced by his mother’s death and reiterated in the obsessive mantra “Agenbite of Inwit.” Leopold Bloom is similarly haunted by the devastating loss of his son Rudy, a neonate who died at the age of eleven days. Readers tend to be so intrigued by the lexical play, carnivalesque humor, and pornographic titillation of Ulysses that they often ignore its magical mystery tour through the dark recesses of the human psyche.
Suzette A. Henke is Thruston B. Morton, Sr. Professor of English at the University of Louisville in Louisville KY, U.S.A. She is author of James Joyce and the Politics of Desire and has published widely in the fields of modern literature and women’s studies. A revised edition of her book Shattered Subjects: Trauma and Testimony in Women's Life-Writing was brought by Palgrave/St. Martin’s in 2000, and she co-edited, with David Eberly, a collection of essays on Virginia Woolf and Trauma (2007). Professor Henke is currently working on a study of Post-traumatic Fiction: Woolf, Joyce, and Lawrence. Learn more at www.louisville.edu/~sahenk01
Faculty Research Forum 2013-14
Friday, September 20 - Debra Journet, English
Friday, October 25 - Benjamin Hufbauer, Art History
Friday, November 22 - Suzette Henke, English
Friday, January 24 - Tatjana Soldat-Jaffe, Humanities
Friday, February 28 - Jongwoo Jeremy Kim, Fine Arts
March 28 - Shelley Salamensky, Humanities
Faculty Research Forum is a venue where colleagues try out or report on their scholarly or creative work to interdisciplinary audiences. Commonly FRF meets once a month on Friday at 3:30, following the Arts and Sciences Faculty Assembly, almost always in Bingham Humanities Room 300. It includes a presentation followed by a lively Q&A, fueled by various sorts of refreshments.
Faculty Research Forum, an ongoing project of the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society (CCHS), offers research-based talks for an interdisciplinary audience by UofL faculty and occasional guests.
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