Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 502–519 | Cite as

Crossing over and in between: The caesura of traumatic memory, and working through in poetry and image

  • David LewkowichEmail author
Original Article


In this paper, I pose the question of how a traumatic past may be represented through a strategy of intergenerational, interpsychic displacement. I present the case of one reader who uses poetry and art to respond to a difficult text: Lynda Barry’s The Freddie Stories. In my examination of this reader’s encounter with difficult knowledge, I turn to Bion’s concept of the caesura as a means of investigating between affect and representation, memory and its screen, self and other, past and present, revelation and concealment.


memory caesura poetry comics difficult knowledge reading 



The author wishes to acknowledge the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), for their generous support of this research. This work was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) under Grant #430-2016-00040.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Secondary Education, Faculty of EducationUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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