Writing (from) the rubble

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dc.contributor.author El Hajj, Sleiman
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-14T09:32:37Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-14T09:32:37Z
dc.date.copyright 2020 en_US
dc.date.issued 2022-11-14
dc.identifier.issn 1448-4528 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/14254
dc.description.abstract This reflexive piece integrates its author’s experience of Beirut’s August 4, 2020 port explosion with those of other Lebanese citizens writing on the heels of the calamity. The overall narrative approximates a collective biography that apprises and appraises the emergent fears, concerns, and anxieties roiling the country at present. I explore a lived, critically informed, spectrum of post-traumatic behaviours and responses to the widespread destruction and its implications – whether that be the loss of limb, home, or the physical loci of emotional memories, including cultural and heritage sites. The narrative also makes a connection between the recent explosion and earlier iterations of warfare and/or terrorism to show how the long-standing inability to functionally articulate and process pain is now translating into retributive calls for violent justice in a country still recovering from civil war. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Writing (from) the rubble en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle reflections on the August 4, 2020 Explosion in Beirut, Lebanon en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201805009 en_US
dc.author.department Communication, Arts and Languages en_US
dc.relation.journal Life Writing en_US
dc.journal.volume 18 en_US
dc.journal.issue 1 en_US
dc.article.pages 7-23 en_US
dc.keywords Port explosion en_US
dc.keywords Pain narratives en_US
dc.keywords Trauma en_US
dc.keywords PTSD en_US
dc.keywords Lebanon en_US
dc.keywords Collective memoir en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1080/14484528.2020.1830736 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation El Hajj, S. (2021). Writing (from) the Rubble: reflections on the August 4, 2020 explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. Life Writing, 18(1), 7-23. en_US
dc.author.email sleiman.elhajj@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14484528.2020.1830736 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8827-6981 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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