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Karyn Ball


Karyn Ball (Ph.D., CSDS 1999) is Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. Her most recent book is Disciplining the Holocaust (SUNY Press, 2008). She is editor of Traumatizing Theory: The Cultural Politics of Affect in and Beyond Psychoanalysis.

 --Her University of Alberta faculty bio is part way down this page.

Disciplining the Holocaust explores the relationship between disciplinarity and contemporary ethics of scholarship about the Holocaust. It examines critics' efforts to defend a rigorous and morally appropriate image of the Holocaust. Rather than limiting herself to polemics about the "proper" approach to traumatic history, Karyn Ball explores recent trends in intellectual history that govern a contemporary ethics of scholarship about the Holocaust. She examines the scholarly reception of Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners, the debates culminating in Eisenman's Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, Lyotard's response to negations of testimony about the gas chambers, psychoanalytically informed frameworks for the critical study of traumatic history, and a conference on feminist approaches to the Holocaust and genocide. Ball's book bridges the gap between psychoanalysis and Foucault's understanding of disciplinary power in order to highlight the social implications of traumatic history.

--From the SUNY Press website.