Awakening to and from the Traumatic Lacuna

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This paper presents a close reading of testimonies of Holocaust survivors. This close reading approaches the ways in which traumatic language breaks its own rules and generates a syntactic lacuna, opening up an abyss in the structure of the sentence. While analyzing these texts, the paper will give special attention to breakdowns in language, assuming that this is the witnesses' way of inserting an experience of ambiguity into the ostensibly coherent flow of speech.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-321
Number of pages19
JournalPsychoanalytic Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2018

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  • Trauma
  • lacuna
  • language
  • testimony
  • witness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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