Border Related Traumas in Estonia

Tiiu Jaago examines letters, memoirs, biographies, and life-story narratives to observe the development of subjective borders and related trauma experiences in these texts. The specific nature of formation of the subjective borders in Estonian context is associated with Estonia's unique geopolitical position and political history. In these individual narratives, Jaago’s research focuses on tension between Estonian cultural continuity and the ruptures caused by internal and external political forces. Using the texts about everyday life in the 19th and 20th century narrated by Estonians, Baltic Germans, and Russian speaking people of Estonia will be analyzed how the historical and cultural trauma intertwines with personal trauma, and how people process their traumatic experience.

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