Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self

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Princeton University Press, Oct 26, 2003 - Psychology - 184 pages
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On July 4, 1990, while on a morning walk in southern France, Susan Brison was attacked from behind, severely beaten, sexually assaulted, strangled to unconsciousness, and left for dead. She survived, but her world was destroyed. Her training as a philosopher could not help her make sense of things, and many of her fundamental assumptions about the nature of the self and the world it inhabits were shattered.

At once a personal narrative of recovery and a philosophical exploration of trauma, this book examines the undoing and remaking of a self in the aftermath of violence. It explores, from an interdisciplinary perspective, memory and truth, identity and self, autonomy and community. It offers imaginative access to the experience of a rape survivor as well as a reflective critique of a society in which women routinely fear and suffer sexual violence.

As Brison observes, trauma disrupts memory, severs past from present, and incapacitates the ability to envision a future. Yet the act of bearing witness, she argues, facilitates recovery by integrating the experience into the survivor's life's story. She also argues for the importance, as well as the hazards, of using first-person narratives in understanding not only trauma, but also larger philosophical questions about what we can know and how we should live.

Bravely and beautifully written, Aftermath is that rare book that is an illustration of its own arguments.

  

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Wow. What can I say? A woman is raped, beaten near death, and left to die. Aftermath is the sharing of her experience after that ordeal. I can't even imagine. I don't want to imagine. However, thanks ... Read full review

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Contents

Preface
Surviving Sexual Violence
1
On the Personal as Philosophical
23
Outliving Oneself
37
Acts of Memory
67
The Politics of Forgetting
85
Retellings
101
Afterword
119
Acknowledgments
125
Notes
129
Bibliography
147
Index
157
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About the author (2003)

Susan J. Brison is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth College, where she also teaches in the Women's Studies Program. She is the coeditor of "Contemporary Perspectives on Constitutional Interpretation and the author of the forthcoming Speech, Harm, and Conflicts of Rights" (Princeton).

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