Trauma Theory: Global Aspirations and Local Emendations

Irene Visser

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    Abstract

    While trauma theory in literary and cultural study has from its beginnings in the 1990s claimed to provide new tools for literary exegesis in the broadest sense of the word, later developments in the theoretical field have demonstrated the limitations of the theory. In particular the emendations offered by postcolonial writers have been instrumental in questioning and changing the universalist claims of the early theory.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Local and Global in Postcolonial Literature
    EditorsPanda Punyashree
    Place of PublicationNew Delhi
    PublisherAuthorspress
    Pages40-57
    Number of pages18
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • trauma theory, globalisation, psychoanalysis, ethical criticism

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