Trauma in contemporary literature : narrative and representation / 26

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Imprint:New York, NY : Routledge, 2014.
Description:ix, 260 pages ; 24 cm.
Series:Routledge interdisciplinary perspectives on literature ; 26
Routledge interdisciplinary perspectives on literature ; 26.
Subject:Psychology in literature.
Psychic trauma in literature.
Wounds and injuries in literature.
Psychic trauma in literature.
Psychology in literature.
Wounds and injuries in literature.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:Nadal, Marita, editor.
Calvo, Mónica, editor.
ISBN:9780415715874 (hardback)
0415715873 (hardback)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:"Trauma in Contemporary Literature analyzes contemporary narrative texts in English in the light of trauma theory, including essays by scholars of different countries who approach trauma from a variety of perspectives. The book analyzes and applies the most relevant concepts and themes discussed in trauma theory, such as the relationship between individual and collective trauma, historical trauma, absence vs. loss, the roles of perpetrator and victim, dissociation, nachträglichkeit, transgenerational trauma, the process of acting out and working through, introjection and incorporation, mourning and melancholia, the phantom and the crypt, postmemory and multidirectional memory, shame and the affects, and the power of resilience to overcome trauma. Significantly, the essays not only focus on the phenomenon of trauma and its diverse manifestations but, above all, consider the elements that challenge the aporias of trauma, the traps of stasis and repetition, in order to reach beyond the confines of the traumatic condition and explore the possibilities of survival, healing and recovery"--
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Part I. Global Trauma and the End of History
  • 1. After the End: Psychoanalysis in the Ashes of History
  • 2. Apocalypses Now: Collective Trauma, Globalization and the New Gothic Sublime
  • 3. In War Times: Fictionalising Iraq
  • Part II. Trauma and the Power of Narrative
  • 4. The Turn to the Self and History in Eva Figes' Autobiographical Works: The Healing of Old Wounds?
  • 5. History, Dreams, and Shards: On Starting Over in Jenny Diski's
  • 6. Plight vs. Right: Trauma and the Process of Recovering and Moving beyond the Past in Zo Wicomb's Playing in the Light
  • 7. The Burden of the Old Country's History on the Psyche of Dominican-American Migrants: Junot Daz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  • 8. Seeing It Twice: Trauma and Resilience in the Narrative of Janette Turner Hospital
  • Part III. Trauma and the Problem of Representation
  • 9. H.D.'s Twice (Un)Told Tale
  • 10. 'Time to Write them Off'? Impossible Voices and the Problem of Representing Trauma in The Virgin Suicides
  • 11. Fugal Repetition and the Re-enactments of Trauma: Holocaust Representation in Paul Celan's 'Deathfugue' and Cynthia Ozick's The Shawl
  • 12. Of Ramps and Selections: The Persistence of Trauma in Julian Barnes's A History of the World in 10 Chapters
  • 13. The Trauma of Anthropocentrism and the Reconnection of Self and World in J. M. Coetzee's
  • 14. 'There's that curtain come down': The Burden of Shame in Sarah Waters' The Night Watch
  • 15. 'Welcome to contemporary trauma culture': Foreshadowing, Sideshadowing and Trauma in Ian McEwan's Saturday