Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2113: Violence, Truth, and Reconciliation: Bearing Witness

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Basic reading:

Agamben, G. (1999). Remnants of Auschwitz: The witness and the archive (D. Heller-Roazen trans.). New York: Zone Books.

Agamben, G. (2005). State of exception (K. Attel trans.). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Arendt, H. (1963). Eichmann in Jerusalem: A report on the banality of evil. New York, NY: The Viking Press.

Arifcan, U. (1997). The Saturday mothers of Turkey. Peace Review, 9(2), 265–272. doi:10.1080/10402659708426062.

Bauman, Z. (2003). Wasted lives: Modernity and its outcasts. Malden, MA: Distributed in the USA by Blackwell.

Bhargava, R. (2000). Restoring decency to barbaric societies. In R. I. Rotberg & D. Thompson (Eds.), Truth v.Justice: The morality of truth commissions (pp. 45–67). United States: Princeton University Press.

Butler, J. (2001). Giving an account of oneself. Diacritics, 31(4), 22–40. doi:10.1353/dia.2004.0002.

Butler, J. P. (2004). Precarious life: The powers of mourning and violence. London: Verso Books.

Caruth, C. (1996). Unclaimed experience: Trauma, narrative, and history. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Caruth, C. (Ed.). (1995). Trauma: Explorations in memory. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Craps, S. (2013). Postcolonial witnessing: Trauma out of bounds. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Das, V., Kleinman, A., & Ramphele, M. (Eds.). (2000). Violence and subjectivity. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Edkins, J. (2011). Missing: Persons and politics. United States: Cornell University Press.

Evans, B., & Giroux, H. A. (2015). Disposable futures: The seduction of violence in the age of spectacle. United States: City Lights Books.

Fassin, D. (2008). The humanitarian politics of testimony: Subjectification through trauma in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Cultural Anthropology, 23(3), 531–558. doi:10.1111/j.1548- 1360.2008.00017.

Feitlowitz, M. (1992). Night and fog in Argentina. Salmagundi. doi:10.2307/40548602.

Felman, S., & Laub, D. (1992). Testimony: Crises of witnessing in literature, psychoanalysis,  and history. New York: Routledge.

Foucault, M. (2001). Fearless speech. Los Angeles, CA: Distributed by MIT Press.

Foucault, M. (2007). Subjectivity and Truth. In S. Lotringer (Ed.), The politics of truth (pp. 147– 167). Los Angeles, CA: Semiotexte/Smart Art.

Foucault, M. (2011). The government of self and others: Lectures at the college de France, 1982- 1983 (G. Burchell trans.). United States: Picador USA.

Foucault, M. (2012). The courage of truth: The government of self and others II: 1983-1984 (G. Burchell trans.). United States: St Martin’s Press.

Foucault, M. (2014). Wrong-doing, truth-telling: The function of Avowal in justice. United States: University of Chicago Press.

Giroux, H. A. (2007). Stormy weather: Katrina and the politics of disposability. United Kingdom: Paradigm Publishers.

Humphrey, M. (2003). From victim to Victimhood: Truth commissions and trials as rituals of political transition and individual healing. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 14(2), 171–187. doi:10.1111/j.1835 9310.2003.tb00229.x.

JanMohamed, A. R. (2005). The death-bound-subject: Richard Wright’s archaeology of death. United States: Duke University Press Books.

Kaul, S. (2015a). Of gardens and graves: Essays on Kashmir | Poems in Translation. India: Three Essays Collective.

Khanna, R. (2009). Disposability. differences, 20(1), 181–198. doi:10.1215/10407391-2008-021.

Levi, P. (1989). The drowned and the saved (R. Rosenthal trans.). New York: Random House.

Levinas, E. (1998). Otherwise than being, or, beyond essence (A. Lingis trans.). United States: Duquesne University Press.

Mamdani, M. (2000). The truth according to the TRC. In I. Amadiume & A. A. An-Na’im (Eds.), The politics of memory: Truth, healing and social justice (pp. 176–183). United Kingdom: Zed Books.

Novak, D. R. (2006). Engaging Parrhesia in a democracy: Malcolm X as a truth-teller. Southern Communication Journal, 71(1), 25–43. doi:10.1080/10417940500503480.

Rothberg, M. (2008). Decolonizing trauma studies: A response. Studies in the Novel, 40(1-2), 224–234. doi:10.1353/sdn.0.0005.

Rothberg, M. (2009). Multidirectional memory: Remembering the holocaust in the age of decolonization. United States: Stanford University Press.

Rothberg, M. (2014, May 2). Trauma theory, implicated subjects, and the question of Israel/Palestine. Retrieved July 3, 2016, from Profession, https://profession.commons.mla.org/2014/05/02/trauma-theory-implicated-subjects-and- the-question-of-israelpalestine/.

Vajpeyi, A. (2007). Prolegomena to the study of people and places in violent India (IndiaVol. 26 ed.). New Delhi: WISCOMP.