Brison published Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self with the Princeton University. Aftermath has ratings and 26 reviews. Bryan said: This is a deeply felt and philosophically sophisticated account of Brison’s process of recovery fol. Synopsis and review of the book Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self, Susan Brison.

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Add both to Cart Add both to List. The philosophical aspect of psychological treatment is overlooked far too often. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Forgivingness, Pessimism, and Environmental Citizenship.

Brison is a politically engaged philosopher, and focuses on connecting her theory work with people’s lived experiences, and looks for topics where she can use her analytic philosophic training to advance social justice. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Dec 01, Anne rated it it was amazing. Especially the way she assumed trauma works the same for all people and – well, I try not to use pathologizing psych terms to discuss trauma and survivors, but I think a lot of what she writes might not hold up super well if she had delved into C-PTSD a little more than just a passing mention of how multiple personalities sometimes arise from child abuse.

She also argues for the importance, as well as the hazards, of using first-person narratives in understanding not only trauma, but also larger philosophical questions about what we can know and how we should live.

The Subject of Violence: Aftermath is the sharing of her experience after that ordeal.

It offers imaginative access to the experience of a rape survivor as well as a reflective critique of a society in which women routinely fear and suffer sexual violence. Bessel van der Kolk. The index however is useless- it is not active and does not even include the page numbers! History of Western Philosophy. The first half of the book is a bit hampered by Brison’s focus on debunking analytic philosophical conceptions of the self—she is clearly right in her critiques, it’s just that the accounts of the self to which she is responding are so impoverished that it feels like her insights could be put to better use.


Damaged Identities, Narrative Repair. Violence in a Spirit of Love: This is a brave and inspiring book.

Review “An illuminating study. Physically, she learned self-defense. Norlock – – Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 23 Reading about narrative as a way to heal from trauma was healing to me.

At times the book is dense and hard-to-read, but overall I found it really quite readable.

Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self by Susan J. Brison

Will be referencing it in my works. Brison – – In Diana T. Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz and its Realities. Arendtean Exercises in Understanding. She survived, but her world was destroyed. Afhermath can I say? Making Feminist Sense of International Politics.

This book has served the basis for countless papers and projects I’ve engaged in throughout my required coursework. Violence and the Remaking of a Self”.

The polemic lurking within this text is the way in which as a society and perhaps especially menwe are not good aftermaty listening to, acknowledging, and being revolted by the horror and frequent occurrence of sexual assault against women especially. Emotionally, she had the loving support of her husband. It is a survivors memoir, it afterkath an exploration of the literature on trauma, it speaks to the androcentrism of the legal system and it is a critique of contemporary analytical philosophy.


May 04, Bobbie rated it really liked it. Brison also holds a much more limited view of the bounds of free speech than many of her contemporaries do, arguing that free speech can justifiably be limited.

Bodily Disorientation and Moral Change. This page was last edited on 11 September xftermath, at Mar 11, Lisadee rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The certainty of the self is agtermath into question by the other with the suicide of her brother.

The need to reconnect with aftermahh, pursued through sharing the narrative. The Body Keeps the Score: Historically, she explored the records of Holocaust and other trauma survivors and analyzed the varied political and social views of feminist and other historians, becoming politically active herself. It is more painful and far less sentimental than Anne Frank’s diary.

Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self

Violence and the Remaking of a Self by Susan Brison. Susan Brison charts the disintegration of identity that occurs after sexual violence, and the long and arduous journey back toward a new self. The Media and Political Violence.

Brison’s narrative art shows how violence can damage a self and reveals much about the social goods required for moral personhood. Mar 12, Jay Z rated it it was amazing Shelves: Find it on Scholar. In fact Brison concludes toward the end of her book that she now believes that our selves are fractured and multifarious.