Traces of trauma : Cambodian visual culture and national identity in the aftermath of genocide / Boreth Ly

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Material Type
Ly, Boreth, author.
Publication Info.
Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, [2020]


1 online resource (xiv, 168 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations.
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Southeast Asia: politics, meaning, and memory
Southeast Asia--politics, meaning, memory.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Broken body: situating trauma in the visual cultures of Cambodia and its diaspora -- Scarred resilience: the legacy of the United States' secret bombing of Cambodia -- Portraits of a dictator: Khmer Rouge ideology and the politics of aesthetics -- Of krama and Khmer identity: the land where the sugar palm trees grow -- Performing Khmer cultural identity: the tale/tail of the serpent princess.
Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on December 26, 2019).
"How do the people of a morally shattered culture and nation find ways to go on living? Cambodians confronted this challenge following the collective disasters of the American bombing, the civil war, and the Khmer Rouge genocide. The magnitude of violence and human loss, the execution of artists and intellectuals, the erasure of individual and institutional cultural memory all caused great damage to Cambodian arts, culture, and society. Author Boreth Ly explores the "traces" of this haunting past in order to understand how Cambodians at home and in the diasporas deal with trauma on such a vast scale.0Ly maintains that the production of visual culture by contemporary Cambodian artists and writers-photographers, filmmakers, court dancers, and poets-embodies traces of trauma, scars leaving an indelible mark on the body and the psyche. His book considers artists of different generations and family experiences: a Cambodian-American woman whose father sent her as a baby to the United States to be adopted; the Cambodian-French film-maker, Rithy Panh, himself a survivor of the Khmer Rouge, whose film The Missing Picture was nominated for an Oscar in 2014; a young Cambodian artist born in 1988-part of the "post-memory" generation. The works discussed include a variety of materials and remnants from the historical past: the broken pieces of a shattered clay pot, the scarred landscape of bomb craters, the traditional symbolism of the checkered scarf called krama, as well as the absence of a visual archive."-- Provided by publisher.
In English.
Local Note
Arts, Cambodian.
Nationalism and the arts -- Cambodia.
Genocide -- Cambodia -- Psychological aspects.
Arts cambodgiens.
Nationalisme et arts -- Cambodge.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Genocide & War Crimes.
Arts, Cambodian
Genocide -- Psychological aspects
Nationalism and the arts
Arts, Cambodian.
Art, Cambodia.
Nationalism and the arts -- Cambodia.
Genocide -- Cambodia -- Psychological aspects.
Other Form:
Print version: Ly, Boreth. Traces of trauma. Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, [2020] 9780824856069 (DLC) 2019016559 (OCoLC)1097466740
9780824856090 (electronic book)
0824856090 (electronic book)
9780824856076 (electronic book)
0824856074 (electronic book)
9780824856069 (hardcover)
0824856066 (hardcover)
9780824888459 (paperback)
0824888456 (paperback)
Standard No.
10.1515/9780824856090. doi