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Traumatic ImprintsCinema, Military Psychiatry, and the Aftermath of War$
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Noah Tsika

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520297630

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520297630.001.0001

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Documenting the “Residue of Battle”

(p.1) Introduction
Traumatic Imprints

Noah Tsika

University of California Press

The introduction considers some of the consequential intersections between Freudian psychoanalysis, military psychiatry, and documentary film in a period that predated the codification of war trauma as PTSD. At stake in its reevaluation of wartime and postwar military media is a broader understanding of how war trauma and psychotherapy were articulated in and through documentary and realist film. Situated at the intersection of trauma studies and documentary studies, the introduction considers some of the historically specific debates about, aspirations for, and uses of documentary as a vehicle for honoring, monitoring, understanding, publicizing, and even “working through” war trauma, while occasionally conceding trauma’s contradictory and intractable character.

Keywords:   documentary, war trauma, veterans, PTSD

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