Paměť, trauma, smrt: intervence jazyka a narativu

Title in English Memory, Trauma, and Death: the Intervention of Narrative and Language

KOTÁSEK Miroslav

Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Česká literatura
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords Čapek; trauma; narrative identity; psychoanalysis
Description The article discusses the possibilities that narrative and language have in their attempts to capture or describe traumatic experience and death. It concentrates on two prose texts by Karel Čapek, Obyčejný život and Povětroň, and the first phase of Freudian psychoanalysis, pointing at generally distinguishable limits and deformations that arise when narrative and language come in contact with trauma and death. It also tries to show that psychoanalysis arrives, explicitly and implicitly, at a similar conclusion. The last part of the article poses the question what the resulting relationship between the outside (narrated, written story) and the „inner“ experience is like, and to what extent the structure of this dyad can also be questioned.