• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Gender Studies
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies

This course is concerned with the cultural politics of memory and trauma. Whose memories  are sought, believed and commemorated in the public sphere? What problems do traumatic events  present for those attempting to commemorate or represent them? Is trauma a useful cross-cultural  concept? We will begin by tracing the history of the concept of trauma in psychoanalysis, medicine and  popular culture. Next, students will be introduced to theories of memory and trauma drawn from  cultural studies, anthropology, history, psychoanalysis, and feminist theory. We will study the cultural  politics of trauma and memory in relation to two events - the Holocaust and the Stolen Generations.  In particular, we will consider the relationship between trauma, history and mourning, the role of  public memorials, and the problem of "forgetting". Texts for study will include autobiographies, films,  novels, poetry, testimonials, media texts and political essays.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Learning outcomes are identified for each of the assessments set below. In addition, the general learning outcomes for the course are:

  1. Understand the concepts of ‘trauma’ and ‘memory’ as they are used in the media, in contemporary culture, and in Humanities and Social Science scholarship today. Why have these concepts become so prevalent in contemporary culture?
  2. Become familiar with a variety of approaches to analysing ‘trauma’ and ‘memory’
  3. Become familiar with some of the key debates relating to representations and cultural memory of the Holocaust and Stolen Generations
  4. Be able to use different approaches to the concepts of trauma and memory to analyse film, literature, testimony and other texts representing the Holocaust and Stolen Generations.

Indicative Assessment

3,000-4,000 words of written work, and tutorial participation.

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Offered in alternate years
20 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial, plus film screenings

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed GEND1002. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convenor to enrol in this course.

Preliminary Reading

Antze, Paul, and Michael Lambek, eds, Tense Past: Cultural Essays in Trauma and Memory, New York: Routledge, 1996




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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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2009 $2286
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2004 $1926
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3248 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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