1st Edition


ISBN 9780415540421
Published October 23, 2019 by Routledge
184 Pages

USD $26.95

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Book Description

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

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 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.

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