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Caruth, Cathy 1955-

Works: 20 works in 74 publications in 2 languages and 3,443 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Conference proceedings 
Roles: Author, Photographer, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PN81, 801.95
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Most widely held works by Cathy Caruth
Empirical truths and critical fictions Locke, Wordsworth, Kant, Freud by Cathy Caruth( )
16 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 1,199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the prevailing account of English empiricism, Locke conceived of self-understanding as a matter of mere observation, bound closely to the laws of physical perception. English Romantic poets and German critical philosophers challenged Locke's conception, arguing that it failed to account adequately for the power of thought to turn upon itself—to detach itself from the laws of the physical world. Cathy Caruth reinterprets questions at the heart of empiricism by treating Locke's text not simply as philosophical doctrine but also as a narrative in which "experience" plays an unexpected and uncanny role. Rediscovering traces and transformations of this narrative in Wordsworth, Kant, and Freud, Caruth argues that these authors must not be read only as rejecting or overcoming empirical doctrine but also as reencountering in their own narratives the complex and difficult relation between language and experience. Beginning her inquiry with the moment of empirical self-reflection in Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding —when a mad mother mourns her dead child—Caruth asks what it means that empiricism represents itself as an act of mourning and explores why scenes of mourning reappear in later texts such as Wordsworth's Prelude , Kant's Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science and Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics , and Freud's Civilization . From these readings Caruth traces a recurring narrative of radical loss and the continual displacement of the object or the agent of loss. In Locke it is the mother who mourns her dead child, while in Wordsworth it is the child who mourns the dead mother. In Kant the father murders the son, while in Freud the sons murder the father. As she traces this pattern, Caruth shows that the conceptual claims of each text to move beyond empiricism are implicit claims to move beyond reference. Yet the narrative of death in each text, she argues, leaves a referential residue that cannot be reclaimed by empirical or conceptual logic. Caruth thus reveals, in each of these authors, a tension between the abstraction of a conceptual language freed from reference and the compelling referential resistance of particular stories to abstraction
Unclaimed experience : trauma, narrative, and history by Cathy Caruth( Book )
11 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This work examines the links between the languages of literature and psychoanalysis, in terms of their uses in the analysis of trauma in the 20th century. The author argues that, through the notion of trauma, we come to see that history can arise where immediate understanding is impossible
Trauma : explorations in memory ( Book )
13 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in English and Japanese and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Trauma and Memory, a distinguished group of analysts and critics offer a compelling look at what literature and the new approaches of a variety of clinical and theoretical disciplines bring to the understanding of traumatic experience. Combining two highly - acclaimed special issues of American Imago edited by Caruth, this interdisciplinary collection of essays and interviews will be of interest to analysts and critics concerned with the notion of trauma and the problem of interpretation and, more generally, to those interested in current discussions of subjects such as child abuse, AIDS, and the effects of historical atrocities such as the Holocaust."--Pub. desc
Critical encounters : reference and responsibility in deconstructive writing ( Book )
7 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Literature in the ashes of history by Cathy Caruth( Book )
8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Cathy Caruth juxtaposes the writings of psychoanalysts, literary and political theorists, and literary authors who write in a century faced by a new kind of history, one that is made up of events that seem to undo, rather than produce, their own remembrance. At the heart of each chapter is the enigma of a history that, in its very unfolding, seems to be slipping away before our grasp. What does it mean for history to disappear? And what does it mean to speak of a history that disappears? These questions, Caruth suggests, lie at the center of the psychoanalytic texts that frame this book, as well as the haunting stories and theoretical arguments that resonate with each other in profound and surprising ways. In the writings of Honor e de Balzac, Hannah Arendt, Ariel Dorfman, Wilhelm Jensen, Sigmund Freud, and Jacques Derrida, we encounter, across different stakes and different languages, a variety of narratives that bear witness not simply to the past but also to the pasts we have not known and that repeatedly return us to a future that remains beyond imagination. These stories of trauma cannot be limited to the catastrophes they name, and the theory of catastrophic history may ultimately be written in a language that already lingers in a time that comes to us from the other side of the disaster."--Publisher's description
A life with Mary Shelley by Barbara Johnson( Book )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In 1980, deconstructive and psychoanalytic literary theorist Barbara Johnson wrote an essay on Mary Shelley for a colloquium on the writings of Jacques Derrida. The essay marked the beginning of Johnson's lifelong interest in Shelley as well as her first foray into the field of 'women's studies,' one of whose commitments was the rediscovery and analysis of works by women writers previously excluded from the academic canon. Indeed, the last book Johnson completed before her death was Mary Shelley and Her Circle, published here for the first time. Shelley was thus the subject for Johnson's beginning in feminist criticism and also for her end. It is surprising to recall that when Johnson wrote her essay, only two of Shelley's novels were in print, critics and scholars having mostly dismissed her writing as inferior and her career as a side effect of her famous husband's. Inspired by groundbreaking feminist scholarship of the seventies, Johnson came to pen yet more essays on Shelley over the course of a brilliant but tragically foreshortened career. So much of what we know and think about Mary Shelley today is due to her and a handful of scholars working just decades ago. In this volume, Judith Butler and Shoshana Felman have united all of Johnson's published and unpublished work on Shelley alongside their own new, insightful pieces of criticism and those of two other peers and fellow pioneers in feminist theory, Mary Wilson Carpenter and Cathy Caruth. The book thus evolves as a conversation amongst key scholars of shared intellectual inclinations while closing the circle on Johnson's life and her own fascination with the life and circle of another woman writer, who, of course, also happened to be the daughter of a founder of modern feminism."--page [4] of cover
Knowing the Suffering of Others Legal Perspectives on Pain and Its Meanings by Austin Sarat( )
2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Knowing the Suffering of Others, legal scholar Austin Sarat brings together essays that address suffering as it relates to the law, highlighting the ways law imagines suffering and how pain and suffering become jurisprudential facts. From fetal imaging to end-of-life decisions, torts to international human rights, domestic violence to torture, and the law of war to victim impact statements, the law is awash in epistemological and ethical problems associated with knowing and imagining suffering. In each of these domains we might ask: How well do legal actors perceive and u
Listening to trauma : conversations with leaders in the theory and treatment of catastrophic experience by Cathy Caruth( Book )
2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Torauma rekishi monogatari : Mochinushi naki dekigoto ( Book )
2 editions published in 2005 in Japanese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Past recognition : narrative origins in Wordsworth and Freud by Cathy Caruth( )
2 editions published between 1985 and 1993 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Traumatic departures: Survival and history in Freud by Cathy Caruth( Recording )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Caruth analyzes the effects of external violence on psychic disorder, through reference to two of Sigmund Freud's texts. She focuses on how psychic trauma reveals itself over time, following a violent event from which the patient walked away seemingly unharmed. Caruth's analysis touches on such topics as hallucination, recurring dreams, Jewish history, and monothesim
Trauma explorations in memory ( )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Literature and the enactment of memory : (Duras, Resnais, "Hiroshima mon amour") by Cathy Caruth( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Traumatic awakenings by Cathy Caruth( )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Traumatic awakenings by Cathy Caruth( Book )
1 edition published in 1995 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The force of example : Kant's symbols by Cathy Caruth( Book )
1 edition published in 1995 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Locke, Wordsworth, Kant, Freud by Cathy Caruth( Book )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
An interview with Geoffrey Hartman by Geoffrey H Hartman( Book )
1 edition published in 1996 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Literary criticism for the twenty-first century ( )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Trauma and survival ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
カルース, キャシー
English (66)
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