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Author Horvitz, Deborah M., 1951-

Title Literary trauma : sadism, memory, and sexual violence in American women's fiction / Deborah M. Horvitz
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2000


Description 1 online resource (169 pages)
Series SUNY series in psychoanalysis and culture
SUNY series in psychoanalysis and culture.
Contents Introduction : bearing witness -- Reading the unconscious in Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the dead -- Freud and feminism in Gayl Jones's Corregidora and Dorothy Allison's Bastard out of Carolina -- Hysteria and trauma in Pauline Hopkin's Of one blood; or, the hidden self -- Postmodern realism, truth and lies in Joyce Carol Oates's What I lived for -- Intertextuality and poststructural realism in Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The yellow wallpaper" -- Conclusion : words finally spoken
Summary "This book examines portrayals of political and psychological trauma, particularly sexual trauma, in the work of seven American women writers. Concentrating on novels by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Pauline Hopkins, Gayl Jones, Leslie Marmon Silko, Dorothy Allison, Joyce Carol Oates, and Margaret Atwood, Harvitz investigates whether memories of violent and oppressive trauma can be preserved, even transformed into art, without reproducing that violence. The book encompasses a wide range of personal and political traumas, including domestic abuse, incest, rape, imprisonment, and slavery, and argues that an analysis of sadomasochistic violence is our best protection against cyclical, intergenerational violence, a particularly timely and important subject as we think about how to stop "hate" crimes and other forms of political and psychic oppression."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-163) and index
Notes English
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Subject American fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism
Psychological fiction, American -- History and criticism
Psychoanalysis and literature -- United States
Women and literature -- United States
Psychic trauma in literature.
Sex crimes in literature.
Violence in literature.
Sadism in literature.
Memory in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General.
American fiction -- Women authors.
Memory in literature.
Psychic trauma in literature.
Psychoanalysis and literature.
Psychological fiction, American.
Sadism in literature.
Sex crimes in literature.
Violence in literature.
Women and literature.
United States.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585426449