Literary Trauma: Sadism, Memory, and Sexual Violence in American Women's Fiction

Literary Trauma: Sadism, Memory, and Sexual Violence in American Women's Fiction

by Deborah M. Horvitz
ISBN-10:
0791447111
ISBN-13:
9780791447116
Pub. Date:
11/01/2000
Publisher:
State University of New York Press

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Literary Trauma: Sadism, Memory, and Sexual Violence in American Women's Fiction

Examines representations of political, psychological, and sexual violence in seven novels by American women.

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, Horvitz 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791447116
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 11/01/2000
Series: SUNY series in Psychoanalysis and Culture Series
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Chapter 1Introduction: Bearing Witness1
Chapter 2Reading the Unconscious in Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead25
Chapter 3Freud and Feminism in Gayl Jones's Corregidora and Dorothy Allison's Bastard out of Carolina39
Chapter 4Hysteria and Trauma in Pauline Hopkins's Of One Blood; Or, the Hidden Self57
Chapter 5Postmodern Realism, Truth and Lies in Joyce Carol Oates's What I Lived For75
Chapter 6Intertextuality and Poststructural Realism in Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"99
Chapter 7Conclusion: Words Finally Spoken131
Notes135
Works Cited157
Index169

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