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Trials and traumas in twentieth-century American drama.

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dc.contributor.author Brahimi, Nassima
dc.contributor.author Halimi, Mohammed Seghir
dc.date.accessioned 2022-05-23T10:23:58Z
dc.date.available 2022-05-23T10:23:58Z
dc.date.issued 2020-09-14
dc.identifier.uri http://depot.umc.edu.dz/handle/123456789/2661
dc.description.abstract This study addresses the conflictual relationship between trials and traumas in twentiethcentury American drama. By drawing on an interdisciplinary approach that includes mainly legal scholarships, political studies, trauma studies, sociology, history, and literary studies as well as adapting Felman‘s concept of legal trauma, I argue that Miller‘s The Crucible, Berrigan‘s The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, and Smith‘s Twilight: Los Angles 1992 serve as lucid expositions and critical appraisal of the justice system‘s traumatic failure. The three chapters of this study move through such conception by exploring instances in which the justice system would resort to violence, blindness and silence in its process to resolve, respectively, three legal crises or traumas. I begin with a discussion of the roots of the legacy of Salem witch trials‘ legal trauma and its reappearance in the modern Communist witchhunts. I then argue that the reluctance of the law institutions to situate the trauma of the Vietnam War within an effective and comprehensible legal language features a case of traumatic legal failure. I conclude by discussing how the process of institutionalizing racism and dismissing a whole community‘s collective traumatic memory registers indeed the justice system‘s striking, inexplicable legal drama and trauma.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Université Frères Mentouri - Constantine 1
dc.subject English Language: American Literature
dc.subject Drame américain
dc.subject cécité
dc.subject Justice
dc.subject loi
dc.subject traumatisme juridique
dc.subject silence
dc.subject la violence
dc.subject procès
dc.subject American Drama
dc.subject blindness
dc.subject justice
dc.subject law
dc.subject legal trauma
dc.subject violence
dc.subject trial
dc.subject الدراما الأمريكية
dc.subject العمى
dc.subject عدالة
dc.subject القانون
dc.subject صدمة قانونية
dc.subject الصمت
dc.subject عنف
dc.subject محاكمة
dc.title Trials and traumas in twentieth-century American drama.
dc.type Thesis

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