Publications [#184249] of Jehanne GheithOther Faculty Listings: Faculty Alphabetically | By Rank | By Area
- J. Gheith. "“’The doctors said I was normal’: Trauma, the non-narrative, and the Gulag.”." To be published in Slavic Review (2011?). (This should come out in 2013.)
(last updated on 2012/12/20)
I have revised this and have been told that it will appear in 2012 in Slavic Review.
In this article, I argue that much western based trauma theory does not work well for the context of Gulag survivors. In the West, many trauma theorists argue that narrative is an essential component of healing. The option of narrative was not open to Gulag survivors for about years. I show some of the creative, non-narrative ways that Gulag survivors lived with and integrated their memories. And I raise questions about universal notions of psyche and treatment, arguing that we must take cultural context into account in our models to a much greater extent than is currently the case.