The Trauma Novel - Ronald Granofsky

The Trauma Novel

By Ronald Granofsky

  • Release Date: 1995-12-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
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The Trauma Novel Ronald Granofsky Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

This study attempts to make sense of a group of novels that deal in a symbolic way with contemporary forms of collective disaster (the prospect of nuclear war, the Holocaust, environmental destruction). It shows similarities among British, American, Canadian and other novels never before grouped together and argues that they constitute a distinct sub-genre of fiction: the trauma novel. In so doing, the book sets forth an original theory about how literary symbolism functions as part of a cultural response to collective trauma.

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