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Contemporary American Trauma Narratives

Alan Gibbs


This book examines the way American writers present the effects of trauma in their work. Trauma has become an important and influential paradigm for reading contemporary American literature. Too often, however, criticism has adopted narrow models of trauma, resulting in increasingly formulaic and clichéd interpretations. This study understands trauma on a wider basis than Freudian psychoanalysis, incorporating theories drawn from fields including narratology, in order to analyse devices characteristically employed by writers in order to represent and, often, to mimic the effects of trauma. The ... More

Keywords: trauma, trauma theory, perpetrator trauma, trauma genre, Caruth, contemporary literature, America, narrative, postmodernism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780748641147
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641147.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Gibbs, author