‘Compulsively readable and deeply moving’: Women’s Middlebrow Trauma Fiction

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Abstract

This chapter examines the representation of trauma, specifically the impact of the loss of children on mothers and their families, in contemporary women's middlebrow fiction. Examining three examples of the genre, it problematizes the dominant trauma aesthetic with its emphasis on aporia, difficulty and non-communicability, and argues that women's trauma narratives offer an alternative mode of working through trauma, one which privileges concordance over discordance, and seeks a more restitutive reading experience than is available in the canonical trauma novel.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrauma Narratives and Herstory
EditorsSonya Andermahr, Silvia Pellicer-Ortin
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Chapter2
Pages13-29
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781137268358
ISBN (Print)9781137268341
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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Fiction
Middlebrow
Trauma
Concordance
Privilege
Aesthetics
Aporia

Keywords

  • Trauma studies
  • women's trauma narratives
  • feminism
  • herstory
  • autobiography
  • comics
  • film

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Andermahr, S. (2013). ‘Compulsively readable and deeply moving’: Women’s Middlebrow Trauma Fiction. In S. Andermahr, & S. Pellicer-Ortin (Eds.), Trauma Narratives and Herstory (pp. 13-29). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd..
Andermahr, Sonya. / ‘Compulsively readable and deeply moving’: Women’s Middlebrow Trauma Fiction. Trauma Narratives and Herstory. editor / Sonya Andermahr ; Silvia Pellicer-Ortin. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., 2013. pp. 13-29
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