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Reverberations of War

Communities of Experience and Identification in Germany and Europe since 1945


Dr Stephanie Bird

This part of the project looks at the emotional legacies of war and how traumatic and devastating effects of conflict are transformed into cultural products that elicit pleasure. It focuses on texts that are particularly concerned with suffering and victimhood but which incorporate a comic or humorous dimension, understood broadly. The relationship of suffering to humour is particularly interesting because it crystallizes the question of how far the representation of trauma produces pleasure and how the ethical significance of that pleasure can be understood. Anxiety around the pleasurable and entertaining dimensions of fiction is particularly acute in relation to the role of comedy in the representation of traumatic events.


For further information about Dr Bird visit her UCL staff page.