Elizabeth Bowen and the writing of trauma: the ethics of survival

Gildersleeve, Jessica (2014) Elizabeth Bowen and the writing of trauma: the ethics of survival. Costerus New Series 202. Rodopi, Amsterdam and New York. ISBN 978-90-420-3799-1

Abstract

Elizabeth Bowen and the Writing of Trauma: The Ethics of Survival analyses the treatment of memory and the past in Bowen’s writing through the lens of trauma theory. It draws on the theories of Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous, Julia Kristeva, Sigmund Freud, and Cathy Caruth, to propose that Bowen’s work is best understood through the psychological, narratological, and linguistic effects of trauma in her fiction. Bowen’s writing complicates existing deconstructive and psychoanalytic models of trauma and literature, and testifies to the responsibility of survival and the ethics of bearing witness.


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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2015 01:16
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2017 01:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: trauma, ethics, literary theory, psychoanalysis, modernism, literature, Elizabeth Bowen
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24667

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