Panic and Mourning The Cultural Work of Trauma by Daniela Agostinho, Elisa Antz, Cátia Ferreira

By Daniela Agostinho, Elisa Antz, Cátia Ferreira

Panic and mourning are particular emotional constructs that regularly intersect and interaction in landscapes of clash, violence, concern, tragedy and disaster, either traditional and man-made. while panic has a tendency to ensue through the event of the catastrophic occasions, mourning, nevertheless, pertains to the aftermath of a violent disruption and to the best way people attempt to make feel of it retrospectively. Conversely, violent occasions may also go away a thread of panic in its aftermath, reminiscent of mourning might be disturbed or reinstated through a catastrophic incidence. This inter-disciplinary assortment seeks to deal with questions on the interface of panic and mourning, either separately and together. it's fairly drawn to investigating representations and performances of modalities and contexts of panic (fear, horror, terror, rage, anxiousness, surprise, hazard) and mourning (pain, grief, loss, trauma, reminiscence, depression, nostalgia, therapeutic) in media, literary and cultural frameworks.

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4 On the ‘culture of fear’ in the case of Latin American dictatorships, see Corradi (1992) and Kaiser (2006), for example. 30 António Sousa Ribeiro foundation upon which an ethics of non-violence can be developed and that is why Butler’s emphasis is on the utopian dimensions of mourning: Perhaps mourning has to do with agreeing to undergo a transformation (perhaps one should say submitting to a transformation) the full result of which one cannot know in advance. There is losing, as we know, but there is also the transformative effect of loss, and this latter cannot be charted or planned (Butler 2004: 21).

Here, the experience of fear is frequently and explicitly thematized, although one can find a large scale of different ways of dealing with this question. In the Buchenwald memoirs of Jorge Semprun (1994) for example, we certainly find the representation of suffering, but, since the perspective which is repeatedly vindicated is not that of the victim but of the combatant, the thematization of fear appears consistently underplayed. Elsewhere, however, it builds a consistent thread in the memory of the experience of the camps.

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