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100 1  Beevi, Mariam 
245 10 Surfin' Vietnam:  Trauma, historical memory, and cultural 
       politics in 20th century literature and film 
300    337 p 
500    Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 67-
       04, Section: A, page: 1326 
500    Adviser:  Gabriele M. Schwab 
502    Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of California, Irvine, 2006 
520    This dissertation attempts to map a more complete picture 
       of trauma theories and traumatic recovery by shifting them
       from traditionally psychoanalytic frameworks to a more 
       historicized cultural and political economic examination 
       of trauma in concretized experiences and moments of 
       intellectual and cultural production. Because trauma 
       discourse moves too seamlessly from studies of the 
       Holocaust and Hiroshima to the current AIDS crisis and the
       aftermath of 9/11, I focus on the residual traumatic 
       recovery work around what is known in the global cultural 
       imaginary as "Vietnam"---both the nation-state and the 
       figure---as it signifies war, communist threat, the third 
       world, poverty and victimization, or as "the Vietnam 
       imaginary" embedded in our cultural subconscious. Through 
       the perpetuation of silences, misinterpretations, 
       repressions, and traumatic aftershocks in later political 
       historical events, we find a continuous re-opening of this
       world historical wound 
520    I analyze and compare the literary, filmic and academic 
       production of Vietnamese and diasporic Vietnamese culture 
       from three national contexts---Vietnam, France and the 
       U.S.---to reveal the diverse and difficult labors of such 
       social psychological and cultural recovery within and 
       across very different geopolitical and historical 
       specificities. I attempt to theorize the recovery work as 
       constant contestation against the traumatic effects of 
       dominant historiography, cultural memory, post-nationalism
       and academic disciplinarity, especially as all these 
       influential factors continue to exert themselves on the 
       same territorial planes. Instances of post-socialist 
       reconstruction and diasporic cultural re-imagination by 
       both the mainstreams and the multiply displaced diasporic 
       Vietnamese resituate amnesiatic neo-liberal global 
       capitalist tendencies within the trenches of older 
       embattled historical landscapes and cultural mindscapes 
520    Militarism and war, diaspora and globalization, community 
       and political activism, as well as intellectual 
       disciplining and cultural tourism, then, find themselves 
       implicated as mechanisms of traumatic repression. At the 
       same time, Vietnamese and diasporic Vietnamese engage not 
       as pathetically minoritized refugees and immigrants, but 
       as active cultural citizens and knowledge producers. Their
       strategies, while sometimes complicit and otherwise 
       complicated by mainstream, traditional, and historical 
       obstacles---media, historiography, colonial memory, neo-
       imperial education and nationalism---offer a glimpse of 
       alternative practices for overcoming the trauma of the 
       Vietnam imaginary 
590    School code: 0030 
590    DDC 
650  4 Literature, Comparative 
650  4 Literature, Asian 
650  4 Literature, Romance 
650  4 Literature, American 
650  4 Cinema 
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