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Contemporary American Trauma Narratives$
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Alan Gibbs

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641147

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641147.001.0001

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(p.240) Conclusion
Contemporary American Trauma Narratives

Alan Gibbs

Edinburgh University Press

The Conclusion restates a number of key objections made to prevailing trauma theory throughout this study. In particular, the contention that traumatic memory is unrecoverable and/or unrepresentable is again challenged, as are key elements in the dominant and approved aesthetic for depicting trauma. Finally, the Conclusion looks forward to a broader and less prescriptive mode of trauma representation and attendant criticism.

Keywords:   trauma theory, trauma genre, neo-naturalism, postcolonial trauma

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