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Seeking sources

I'm looking for sources for some work I'm doing on American war literature, and I wanted to see if anyone knew of any particularly good sources focusing on trauma theory.  Any suggestions?  I'm not having much luck with databases, so if you know of any particular writer/theorist/scholar that would be relevant, I'd appreciate the help!

*Edit* I'm doing a project on Civil War era literature.  Whitman's "Drum Taps" is one of the primary texts I'm utilizing.  I'm looking for any other relevant suggestions for other primary texts, as well as theory/criticism based material.
Thanks for the answers given thus far!


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Oct. 2nd, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Trauma's not really my area, so I don't know much, but I do know that Cathy Caruth is a big name. If you get any of her works and look at her reference lists, that's probably a good place to start.
Oct. 2nd, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
Sounds like the seminar Barrett Watten held about two years back; I'll post back with his syllabus later, but The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World by Elaine Scarry was an important source work.

Maus, as always, is an excellent work to look at, as is most Civil War and WW1 literature and photography.
Oct. 2nd, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
I can't think of any theoretical sources right now, but an amazing book that focuses on WWI trauma and the contemporary treatment for it is Pat Barker's Regeneration.
Oct. 2nd, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
An Archive of Feelings, Ann Cvetkovich
Tangled Memories (Sturkin)
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