www.psych.uic.edu

Clinical Services in Psychopharmacology

Testimony and Catastrophe: Narrating the Traumas of Political Violence

Testimony and Catastrophe: Narrating the Traumas of Political Violence
(Northwestern University Press, 2006) 

Testimony after Catastrophe is a deeply involving, compassionate, and occasionally confrontational blend of dialogic theory and practical experience emerging from the author’s decade-long work in Europe and Chicago with survivors of the Balkan wars.   Stevan Weine focuses on the hope survivors express again and again that, no matter what horrors or humiliations they have endured, some good might come of their stories. Weine examines testimonies from four historical nightmares of the twentieth century and, applying the theory of Mikhail Bakhtin, seeks to read them as the stories they are meant to be, fully conveying their legitimacy, resourcefulness, power—and, finally, hope. Caryl Emerson author of The First Hundred Years of Mikhail Bakhtin wrote: “Weine is a wonderfully graceful writer, and his subject matter is central to our time”. Jerrold M. Post, author of Leaders and Their Followers in a Dangerous World, wrote, “Transcending a clinical approach, this pathbreaking book brings an interdisciplinary perspective to the testimony.”

 

You are here: Home Behavioral Health and Welfare Program Clinical Services in Psychopharmacology RESEARCH ICORC Publications Books Testimony and Catastrophe: Narrating the Traumas of Political Violence