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:

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This chapter discusses some important points about trauma fiction and summarises the main focus of the two main sections of the book. Here, the author shows that her division of the book into sections on theme and style revealed important issues relating to the nature of trauma. It looks at the two contradictory elements which compose the knowledge of trauma, and studies Geoffrey Hartman's suggestion that the form and content of trauma operate on literary terms. The chapter concludes that the double and contradictory nature of trauma corresponds to the literary difference between theme and style.

Keywords: trauma fiction; theme and style; nature of trauma; Geoffrey Hartman; form and content; literary terms

Chapter.  820 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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