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Trauma Fiction
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Trauma Fiction

Anne Whitehead

Abstract

The literary potential of trauma is examined in this book, bringing trauma theory and literary texts together to focus on the ways in which contemporary novelists explore the theme of trauma and incorporate its structures into their writing. It provides readings of texts by Pat Barker, Jackie Kay, Anne Michaels, Toni Morrison, Caryl Phillips, W. G. Sebald and Binjamin Wilkomirski. The book also considers the ways in which trauma has affected fictional form, exploring how novelists have responded to the challenge of writing traumatic narratives and identifying the key stylistic features associa ... More

Keywords: trauma, trauma theory, novelists, fictional form, traumatic narratives, literary texts, contemporary fiction, content, form, stylistic features

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780748618576
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618576.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Whitehead, author