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The Gothic in Contemporary British Trauma Fiction

Authors: Joyce, Ashlee

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  • Illustrates connections between the Gothic and trauma studies
  • Considers the ethical issues involved with reading and writing trauma fiction
  • Examines how trauma fiction has been influenced by genres likes magical realism, gothic fiction, science fiction, etc
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About this book

This book examines the intersection of trauma and the Gothic in six contemporary British novels: Martin Amis’s London Fields, Margaret Drabble’s The Gates of Ivory, Ian McEwan’s Atonement, Pat Barker’s Regeneration and Double Vision, and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. In these works, the Gothic functions both as an expression of societal violence at the turn of the twenty-first century and as a response to the related crisis of representation brought about by the contemporary individual’s highly mediated and spectatorial relationship to this violence. By locating these six novels within the Gothic tradition, this work argues that each text, to borrow a term from Jacques Derrida, “participates” in the Gothic in ways that both uphold the paradigm of “unspeakability” that has come to dominate much trauma fiction, as well as push its boundaries to complicate how we think of the ethical relationship between witnessing and writing trauma.


About the authors

Ashlee Joyce is Instructor of English and writing at the University of New Brunswick’s Fredericton and Saint John campuses, Canada. Her previous publications include “Gothic Misdirections: Troubling the Trauma Fiction Paradigm in Pat Barker’s Double Vision” (2019) and “The Nuclear Anxiety of Twin Peaks: The Return” (2019).


Reviews

“The scholarship here is well done and should stand the test of time extremely well, coming to be an integral part of the work already in existence on these novels as well as making a valuable contribution to both the Gothic and Trauma studies. It will be an invaluable resource for students, academics and researchers involved in both fields.” (Dr. Jonathan Greenaway, co-editor of Horror and Religion: New Literary Approaches to Theology, Race and Sexuality (2019) and founding editor of the Dark Arts Journal)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Gothic in Contemporary British Trauma Fiction

    Pages 1-33

    Joyce, Ashlee

  • Beyond the Event Horizon: Witnessing the Nuclear Sublime in Martin Amis’s London Fields

    Pages 35-67

    Joyce, Ashlee

  • Gothic Collisions: Regarding Trauma in Margaret Drabble’s The Gates of Ivory

    Pages 69-106

    Joyce, Ashlee

  • Fading Into Unknowing: Gothic Postmemory in Ian McEwan’s Atonement

    Pages 107-142

    Joyce, Ashlee

  • Identification or Exploitation? The Evolution of the Gothic as Metaphor for Trauma in Pat Barker’s Regeneration and Double Vision

    Pages 143-177

    Joyce, Ashlee

Buy this book

eBook 41,64 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-26728-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 72,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-26727-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Gothic in Contemporary British Trauma Fiction
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26728-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26728-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26727-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 233
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