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Writing Trauma and Violence: Yu Xin's (513-581) "Memory Palace"
Start Date: 4/18/2017Start Time: 4:30 PM
End Date: 4/18/2017

Event Description:

Xiaofei Tian
Harvard University

The study of trauma became prominent in the twentieth century with the rise of psychoanalysis and the outbreak of the World Wars, especially after the Holocaust; but the causes of trauma—war, death, violence, displacement—had appeared throughout human history. How does one remember a traumatic experience, write about it, and turn it into a work of literature? What happens when the received language of poetry resists the representation of pain and trauma? This talk focuses on these questions through examining the Hou Jing Rebellion and the fall of the southern empire in the mid-sixth century and their impact on the courtier and poet, Yu Xin, who spent the last years of his life as an exile in the north and wrote a poetry of loss and mourning.

Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Kohlberg
Room: Kohlberg 115
Contact Information:
Name: Qiaomei Tang
Phone: 610-690-6831
Email: qtang1@swarthmore.edu
Event Sponsors
Chinese Program of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
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The Public

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