ReadNUS Issue 36

OCT 2021 | ISSUE 36
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Here’s Your Reading Summary

Trauma and Memory is an inter-disciplinary area of study that has brought various scholars into conversation about the nature and meaning of trauma. The discipline encourages people to think about themes/subjects such as history, literature, memory and how it is linked with trauma and its wider social meaning. In this week’s issue, we recommend four interesting books to discover more about constantly evolving field.

This Week’s Reads:
Trauma & Memory

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This book sheds new light on canonical Japanese novels and films, and enables recognition and appreciation of integral psychosocial aspects of these traumatic narratives. It will be of interest to students and scholars of Japanese film and literature, and those of trauma studies.

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Recognising the importance of understanding both art therapy and trauma studies as brain-based interventions, practitioners in art therapy and trauma use translational and integrative neuroscience to provide theoretical and applied techniques. Therapists will benefit from this book with an understanding of brain-based interventions.

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This collection of essays provides a historical overview of cultural trauma and an important theoretical contribution to cultural trauma and collective identity. The sociologist, Eric Woods, connects the essays and explores their significance for the broader fields of sociology, behavioural science, and trauma studies.

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This book examines more than 100 years of destructive ethno-religious relations among Armenians, Turks and Azerbaijanis through the novel lens of collective trauma. Addressing the psychological core of the conflict, Steiner argues that a focus on embedded collective trauma is essential to achieving trusting and stable relationships.
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Ancient Stories Retold

Reader, Come Home – How does digital culture affect the way we read?

In this article, Abigail discusses the insights provided by Maryanne Wolf and the pertinent implications of the decline of reading within societies today. In the article she reflects on her inability to concentrate on reading before she picked up this book:

“But why? Why has it been such a struggle to concentrate on something I used to love? Maryanne Wolf’s Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World gave me the answers I sought and more. This book was recommended during my internship programme as a way to understand the impact our digital culture has had on the reading habits of the local readership. But I didn’t expect to come out of it with a steadfast desire to read at least thirty minutes a day.”

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Orientalism's Interlocutors

What Makes a Story Scary? – ReadNUS’ Editorial Director, Shannon Ling explores the suspense and horror found in books exemplified in Young Goodman Brown.

Shannon writes:
“With Halloween and the spooky season coming up, Young Goodman Brown (YGB) by Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the first few stories to come to my mind. I remember feeling rather uneasy upon finishing it, pondering over a myriad of unanswered questions. Whether it was the haunting images or the inconclusive ending, something about the story left a strange feeling in me. Hawthorne is a master of drawing up enigmatic images, while leaving them ambiguous enough for the reader to fill in any (narrative) gaps.”

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