The Future of Testimony
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Witnessing
Edited by Antony Rowland, Jane Kilby
Routledge – 2014 – 228 pages
Routledge – 2014 – 228 pages
Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the groundbreaking Testimony, thiscollection brings together the leading academics from a range of scholarly fields to explore the meaning, use, and value of testimony in law and politics, its relationship to other forms of writing like literature and poetry, and its place in society. It visits testimony in relation to a range of critical developments, including the rise of Truth Commissions and the explosion and radical extension of human rights discourse; renewed cultural interest in perpetrators of violence alongside the phenomenal commercial success of victim testimony (in the form of misery memoirs); and the emergence of disciplinary interest in genocide, terror, and other violent atrocities. These issues are necessarily inflected by the question of witnessing violence, pain, and suffering at both the local and global level, across cultures, and in postcolonial contexts. At the volume’s core is an interdisciplinary concern over the current and future nature of witnessing as it plays out through a ‘new’ Europe, post-9/11 US, war-torn Africa, and in countless refugee and detention centers, and as it is worked out by lawyers, journalists, medics, and novelists. The collection draws together an international range of case-studies, including discussion of the former Yugoslavia, Gaza, and Rwanda, and encompasses a cross-disciplinary set of texts, novels, plays, testimonial writing, and hybrid testimonies. The volume situates itself at the cutting-edge of debate and as such brings together the leading thinkers in the field, requiring that each address the future, anticipating and setting the future terms of debate on the importance of testimony.
Introduction Jane Kilby and Antony Rowland Part I: Testimony beyond Western Human Rights Discourse 1. "That which you are denying us": Refugee Testimony Lyndsey Stonebridge 2. Hybrid Testimony Matthew Boswell 3. Recollecting the Past in Kibuye: Creative Witnessing and the Rwandan Genocide Zoe Norridge Part II: The Pedagogy and Politics of Testimony 4. "The Writer Begins in the Towers": Don DeLillo, 9/11, and the Ethics of Testimony Paula Martin Salvan 5. Holocaust Memory and the Critique of Violence in Caryl Churchill’s Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza Stef Craps 6. Speaking the Part: Towards an Understanding of the Patient’s Language Jo Winning Pat III: The Past and Future of Holocaust Testimony 7. Memory Studies and the Turn to Perpetrator Testimony Rick Crownshaw 8. European Lyric and the "Voice" of Catastrophe David Miller 9. Living among the Ruins of Language: Jorge Semprun and Testimony Ursula Tidd Part IV: Conflicting Testimony 10.History, Memory, Testimony Dan Stone11.The 'Public Secret Robert Eaglestone 12. Testimonial Modes: Evidence, Testimony, and Witness before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia Kirsten Campbell Part V: Future Testimony 13. Psychoanalysis in the Ashes of History Cathy Caruth 14. Response to Cathy Caruth: The Alignment of Witnesses Shoshana Felman Conclusion: Reading Testimony Jane Kilby and Antony Rowland
Antony Rowland is Professor of Literary Studies in English at The University of Salford, UK.
Jane Kilby is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University of Salford, Manchester, UK.