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1st Edition

By Lucy Bond, Stef Craps


160 pages

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Paperback: 9780415540421
pub: 2019-10-29
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Trauma has become a catchword of our time and a central category in contemporary theory and criticism. In this illuminating and accessible volume, Lucy Bond and Stef Craps:

  • provide an account of the history of the concept of trauma from the late nineteenth century to the present day
  • examine debates around the term in their historical and cultural contexts
  • trace the origins and growth of literary trauma theory
  • introduce the reader to key thinkers in the field
  • explore important issues and tensions in the study of trauma as a cultural phenomenon
  • outline and assess recent critiques and revisions of cultural trauma research

Trauma is an essential guide to a rich and vibrant area of literary and cultural inquiry.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Not Even Past 1. The History of Trauma 2. Words for Wounds 3. Trauma Theories 4. The Future of Trauma Conclusion: The Limits of Trauma

About the Authors

Lucy Bond is a principal lecturer in English literature at the University of Westminster, UK.

Stef Craps is a professor of English literature at Ghent University, Belgium.

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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