Error title
Some error text about your books and stuff.
Close

Pillar of Salt Gender, Memory, and the Perils of Looking Back

by Janice Haaken

  • ISBN: 9780813525242
  • ISBN10: 0813525241

Pillar of Salt Gender, Memory, and the Perils of Looking Back

by Janice Haaken

  • List Price: $60.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 07/01/1998
  • ISBN: 9780813525242
  • ISBN10: 0813525241
used Add to Cart $10.68
You save: 82%
Marketplace Item
Product notice Returnable at the third party seller's discretion and may come without consumable supplements like access codes, CD's, or workbooks.
new Add to Cart $72.63
Marketplace Item
Product notice Returnable at the third party seller's discretion and may come without consumable supplements like access codes, CD's, or workbooks.
Description: The transformation of childhood abuse from distant and forgotten events to salient, remembered experience has prompted much debate and controversy both in the media and in the academy. In the 1990s, the debate has centered on two approaches to remembering traumatic events. For some, recovered memories are accurate images of actual events that have been repressed; for others, recovered memories are fictions that are termed "false memory syndrome." For Janice Haaken, neither position satisfactorily captures the power, the place, the role of memory for women.

Pillar of Salt introduces the controversy over recollections of childhood sexual abuse as the window onto a much broader field of ideas concerning memory, storytelling, and the psychology of women. The book moves beyond the poles of "true" and "false" memories to show how women's stories reveal layers of gendered and ambiguous meanings, spanning a wide historical, cultural, literary, and clinical landscape. The author offers the concept of transformative remembering as an alternative framework for looking back, one that makes use of fantasy in understanding the narrative truth of childhood recollections.

Pillar of Salt cuts a wide swath through modern Western history, extending the concept of transformative remembering into stories about the female self that have emerged historically in discourses on sexual abuse, hypnosis, and hysteria. As a constellation of topics, these writings portray a female subject in flux and a cultural situation where gender identity is unstable, thereby open to varying, sometimes conflicting interpretations. Haaken shows how ideas within psychology about "concealed knowledge" are influenced by largersocial and historical dynamics which shape the storytelling conventions available for creating an internally coherent narrative.

Returning to the contemporary scene, Haaken works through the dilemmas of women storytellers from the vantage point of clinical practice. In making use of the concept of hidden knowledge, clinicians in the 1980s and early 1990s became mediums of a spellbinding genre of tales about the past, moving from father/daughter incest to Gothic stories of familial barbarism and sadistic orgiastic encounters. She explains how these narratives dramatize more mundane forms of distress in women's lives and how women patients came to serve as conduits for rebellious currents within the mental health field. Haaken provides an alternative reading of clinical material, showing how sexual storytelling traverses the symbolic and the "real" and how the cultural repression of desire remains as problematic for women as does the psychological legacy of trauma.

Expand description
Product notice Returnable at the third party seller's discretion and may come without consumable supplements like access codes, CD's, or workbooks.
Seller Condition Comments Price  
Seller: Bingo Used Books
Location: Vancouver, WA
Condition: Like New
Shipping Icon
Hardback in fine condition with very good plus dust jacket. One small closed tear on lower edge of back of dust jacket.
Price:
$10.68
Comments:
Hardback in fine condition with very good plus dust jacket. One small closed tear on lower edge of back of dust jacket.
Seller: Ergodebooks
Location: Sheboygan, WI Ask seller a question
Condition: Good
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.
Price:
$16.34
Comments:
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.
Seller: Daedalus Books
Location: Portland, OR
Condition: Like New
Shipping Icon
0813525241. Cloth.; 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall.
Price:
$21.32
Comments:
0813525241. Cloth.; 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall.
Seller: Montclair Book Center
Location: Montclair, NJ
Condition: Very Good
Shipping Icon
pp. 332.
Price:
$22.50
Comments:
pp. 332.
Seller: Between the Covers-Rare Books
Location: Gloucester City, NJ
Condition: Like New
First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper.
Price:
$27.00
Comments:
First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper.
Seller: Bonita
Location: Newport Coast, CA
Condition: Good
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items. May be an ex-library book.
Price:
$56.21
Comments:
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items. May be an ex-library book.
Seller: Bonita
Location: Newport Coast, CA
Condition: New
Price:
$72.63
Comments:
Seller: GridFreed
Location: North Las Vegas, NV
Condition: New
As new.
Price:
$78.07
Comments:
As new.
please wait
Please Wait

Notify Me When Available

Enter your email address below,
and we'll contact you when your school adds course materials for
.
Enter your email address below, and we'll contact you when is back in stock (ISBN: ).