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<i>‘Ground that will remember you’: trauma and landscape in Anne Michaels's</i> Fugitive Pieces

Anne Whitehead

in Trauma Fiction

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9780748618576
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651726 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618576.003.0003
‘Ground that will remember you’: trauma and landscape in Anne Michaels's Fugitive Pieces

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This chapter argues that Anne Michaels' Fugitive Pieces studies the role of landscape after the Holocaust, and suggests that it can help in absorbing the shock of trauma. It shows the breakdown of the landscape into its basic components, namely water, rock, and wood, and looks at how Michaels' treatment of landscape combines a Romantic pantheism with the mystical Jewish tradition of kabbalism. The chapter also tries to determine whether the notion of landscape as cathartic is possible.

Keywords: landscape; Anne Michaels; shock; Romantic pantheism; kabbalism; cathartic

Chapter.  13207 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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