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From a traumatic family account to its inscription into the world
Journal Title: INTERAZIONI 
Author/s: Janine Altounian 
Year:  2013 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  19 Pg. 83-101 FullText PDF:  808 KB
DOI:  10.3280/INT2013-002007
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In this text, the author elaborates on the theme of transgenerational repercussions of a non elaborated traumatic transmission through her personal account of the finding of her father’s manuscript who escaped the Armenian persecution. She shows how - through psychoanalytical treatment - the offspring of a survivor from a mass crime can shift from a family-shared silence to writing what was passed on, therefore inscribing such transmission process into the world. In particular, the author shows how analysis and writing which originate from the analytical work - created from a traumatic corpus of ghost ancestors - created an inscription into the offspring’s language and social and political spheres. The following three points are highlighted by the author: 1. a time of latency is needed to originate writing; 2. the traumatic impact of a manuscript first and foremost causes its reelaboration based on shifting (through an après-coup); 3. when the absence of words is turned into writing, its transmission is made public. First step: mankind locked into bereavement. Second step: opening up to the world through treatment, cultural curiosity and political raid.
Keywords: Trauma, transgenerational, mourning, psychoanalytical treatment, working through, traumatic transmission

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Janine Altounian, From a traumatic family account to its inscription into the world in "INTERAZIONI" 2/2013, pp. 83-101, DOI:10.3280/INT2013-002007

   

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