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Author Schönfelder, Christa, author.

Title Wounds and words : childhood and family trauma in romantic and postmodern fiction / Christa Schönfelder.

Published Bielefeld : Transcript, [2013]


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Physical description 1 online resource (345 pages).
Series Lettre (Transcript (Firm))
Lettre (Transcript (Firm))
Books at JSTOR Open Access
Thesis notes doctoral University, Zurich 2012
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Introduction: Towards a Reconceptualization of Trauma -- Chapter One: Theorizing Trauma. Romantic and Postmodern Perspectives on Mental Wounds -- Chapter Two: The "Wounded Mind". Feminism, Trauma, and Self-Narration in Mary Wollstonecraft's The Wrongs of Woman -- Chapter Three: Anatomizing the "Demons of Hatred". Traumatic Loss and Mental Illness in William Godwin's Mandeville -- Chapter Four: A Tragedy of Incest. Trauma, Identity, and Performativity in Mary Shelley's Mathilda -- Chapter Five: Polluted Daughters. Incestuous Abuse and the Postmodern Tragic in Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres -- Chapter Six: Inheriting Trauma. Family Bonds and Memory Ties in Anne Michaels's Fugitive Pieces -- Chapter Seven: The Body of Evidence. Family History, Guilt, and Recovery in Trezza Azzopardi's The Hiding Place.
Summary Trauma has become a hotly contested topic in literary studies. But interest in trauma is not new; its roots extend to the Romantic period, when novelists and the first psychiatrists influenced each others' investigations of the 'wounded mind'. This book looks back to these early attempts to understand trauma, reading a selection of Romantic novels in dialogue with Romantic and contemporary psychiatry. It then carries that dialogue forward to postmodern fiction, examining further how empirical approaches can deepen our theorizations of trauma. Within an interdisciplinary framework, this study reveals fresh insights into the poetics, politics, and ethics of trauma fiction.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
English fiction -- History and criticism.
Psychic trauma in literature.
Families in literature.
Children in literature.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Electronic books.
ISBN 1306996198 (electronic bk.)
9781306996198 (electronic bk.)
9783839423783 (electronic bk.)
3839423783 (electronic bk.)