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The Juridical Unconscious: Trials and Traumas in the Twentieth Century
by Shoshana Felman
Harvard University Press, 2002
eISBN: 978-0-674-97129-5 | Paper: 978-0-674-00951-6 | Cloth: 978-0-674-00931-8
Library of Congress Classification K346.F45 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 340.19

This book offers a groundbreaking account of the surprising interaction between trauma and justice. Moving from texts by Arendt, Benjamin, Freud, Zola, and Tolstoy to the Dreyfus and Nuremberg trials, as well as the trials of O. J. Simpson and Adolf Eichmann, Shoshana Felman argues that the adjudication of collective traumas in the twentieth century transformed both culture and law. This transformation took place through legal cases that put history itself on trial, and that provided a stage for the expression of the persecuted--the historically "expressionless."

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