Traumatic Possessions : The Body and Memory in African American Women's Performance and Literature

Jennifer Griffiths

Jennifer Griffiths examines the attempts of several African American novelists and playwrights to explore the ruptures in memory caused by traumatic stress and to develop creative strategies for understanding the effects of extreme experience on the body in a racialized cultural context. In focusing specifically and exclusively on the relation of trauma to race and on the influence of racism on the creation and the reception of narrative testimony, her book distinguishes itself from previous studies of the literatures of trauma.