Emotion, Memory, and Trauma

Glenn W. Most

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195182637
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Emotion, Memory, and Trauma

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This article considers the role of emotion, memory, and trauma in literature. It analyzes the lead characters in Salman Rushdie's novel Fury and Homer's Iliad and suggests that the traumatic childhood experiences of Professor Malik Solanka and Achilles significantly influenced their anger and rage in their adult lives. It also discusses Sigmund Freud's thoughts about trauma and explains that his theory is based on the three basic concepts of repression, deferral, and overdetermination.

Keywords: literature; emotion; memory; trauma; Salman Rushdie; Fury; Homer; Iliad; Malik Solanka; Achilles

Article.  10806 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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