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Art from Trauma: Genocide and Healing beyond Rwanda (Hardback)
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Art from Trauma: Genocide and Healing beyond Rwanda (Hardback)

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Hardback 282 Pages / Published: 01/08/2019
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What is the role of aesthetic expression in responding to discrimination, tragedy, violence, even genocide? How does gender shape responses to both literal and structural violence, including implicit linguistic, familial, and cultural violence? How might writing or other works of art contribute to healing? Art from Trauma: Genocide and Healing beyond Rwanda explores the possibility of art as therapeutic, capable of implementation by mental health practitioners crafting mental health policy in Rwanda.

This anthology of scholarly, personal, and hybrid essays was inspired by scholar and activist Chantal Kalisa (1965-2015). At the commemoration of the nineteenth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, organized by the Rwandan Embassy in Washington DC, Kalisa gave a presentation, "Who Speaks for the Survivors of the Genocide against Tutsi?" Kalisa devoted her energy to giving expression to those whose voices had been distorted or silenced. The essays in this anthology address how the production and experience of visual, dramatic, cinematic, and musical arts, in addition to literary arts, contribute to healing from the trauma of mass violence, offering preliminary responses to questions like Kalisa's and honoring her by continuing the dialogue in which she participated with such passion, sharing the work of scholars and colleagues in genocide studies, gender studies, and francophone literatures.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9781496206640
Number of pages: 282
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"I recommend that everyone read this fascinating book. In remembering professor Chantal Kalisa, the contributors of Art from Trauma bring hope for the future to victims coping with traumatic experiences of extreme violence or genocide. Providing victims a platform for sharing memories and experiences is one way of mourning and may lead to healing."-Edouard Kayihura, author of Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story and Why It Matters Today -- Edouard Kayihura
"This astute biographical, methodological, and theoretical book presents Chantal Kalisa as a figure both of history and of memory-of history in relating her life to her career in order to highlight compelling narratives on scholarship, activism, and responsibility; and of memory in extending her powerful interpretive works into other forays. . . . The hatred and violence that Kalisa observed in francophone Africa is replaced in this significant book with hope, along with the enduring capacity to reimagine a better future."-Toyin Falola, Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin -- Toyin Falola
"Art from Trauma is an expansive narrative about violence and trauma as well as a courageous and insightful inquiry into various forms of traumatic events and the healing power of different forms of art. Featuring scholars from various and multidisciplinary perspectives, it is also a work of memory and mourning that challenges the unspeakable through the power of language and art in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda."-Aimable Twagilimana, professor of English and Fulbright Scholar, SUNY Buffalo State -- Aimable Twagilimana
"A deeply rich and inspiring volume, this book offers a worthy tribute to Chantal Kalisa's important work and responds to the pressing need for creativity in the processes of remembrance, justice, and reconciliation in Rwanda and beyond."-Catherine Gilbert, author of From Surviving to Living: Voice, Trauma, and Witness in Rwandan Women's Writing -- Catherine Gilbert

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