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Gathering Ashes: The Judicial Imagination in the Age of Trauma

Lyndsey Stonebridge

in The Judicial Imagination

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748642359
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652150 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642359.003.0001
Gathering Ashes: The Judicial Imagination in the Age of Trauma

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Hannah Arendt's and others' effort to imagine justice from within the stricken fields of Nazi atrocity is at the heart of the project of this book. The chapters linger with the blocks, political and ethical, that Nazi crime put (and continues to put) on historical and judicial understanding, arguing that the crime which nobody was meant to see left a truly blinding legacy. Arendt is addressed as a judicial historiographer of Nazi-constructed Hell. The book then opens up a different set of connections between trauma, language and legal and literary justice from those exposed by theorists of traumatic testimony. It also discusses what happens when the new extra-juridical category of being – a ‘new kind of human beings’, in Arendt's evocative hybrid translation – gets into writing. The book was written under the shadows of the Iraq and Afghan wars, Guantánamo and Bagram Airbase.

Keywords: trauma; Nazi atrocity; Nazi crime; Hannah Arendt; Nazi-constructed Hell; Iraq war; Afghan war; language; legal justice; literary justice

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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