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Laurie J. Sears

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836832

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836832.001.0001

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Trauma, Translation, and a Critical Path

Trauma, Translation, and a Critical Path

(p.202) Afterword Trauma, Translation, and a Critical Path
Situated Testimonies

Laurie J. Sears

University of Hawai'i Press

This afterword discusses trauma, translation, and what Ayu Utami calls a critical path within the context of Indonesian history. It first provides an overview of the mimetic model of trauma and the antimimetic model of trauma before assessing the contributions of Utami and Pramoedya Ananta Toer to the transnational discourse of psychoanalysis and the debates current in the field of trauma theory. It then considers translation as it relates to phantoms and phantasies, along with the concept of afterwardsness. It cites Pramoedya's Buru Quartet as an example of the workings of afterwardsness for historical writing and goes on to examine Ayu's critical path which entails separating the phantoms to be mourned from the phantasies to be undone. Finally, it comments on the state of history writing in Indonesia, suggesting that the field has come to be dominated by outsiders in the United States, Australia, and Europe.

Keywords:   trauma, translation, Ayu Utami, critical path, Indonesian history, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, psychoanalysis, afterwardsness, historical writing

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