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The Splintered Glass Facets of Trauma in the Post-Colony and Beyond by Dolores Herrero

The Splintered Glass Facets of Trauma in the Post-Colony and Beyond

Part of the Cross/Cultures Series


The Splintered Glass Facets of Trauma in the Post-Colony and Beyond by Dolores Herrero

These essays discuss trauma studies as refracted through literature, focusing on the many ways in which the terms `cultural trauma' and `personal trauma' intertwine in postcolonial fiction. In a catastrophic age such as the present, trauma itself may serve to provide linkage through cross-cultural understanding and new forms of community. Western colonization needs to be theorized in terms of the infliction of collective trauma, and the postcolonial process is itself a post-traumatic cultural formation and condition. Moreover, the West's claim on trauma studies (via the Holocaust) needs to be put in a perspective recuperating other, non-Western experiences. Geo-historical areas covered include Africa (genital alteration) and, more specifically, South Africa (apartheid), the Caribbean (racial and gendered violence in Trinidad; the trauma of Haiti), and Asia (total war in the Philippines; ethnic violence in India compared to 9/11). Special attention is devoted to Australia (Aboriginal and multicultural aspects of traumatic experience) and New Zealand (the Maori Battalion). Writers treated include J.M. Coetzee, Shani Mootoo, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Flanagan, Janette Turner Hospital, Andrew McGahan, Tim Winton, and Patricia Grace. Illuminating insights are provided by creative writers (Merlinda Bobis and Meena Alexander). Contributors: Meena Alexander, Heinz Antor, Barbara Arizti, Merlinda Bobis, Donna Coates, Marc Delrez, Maite Escudero, Isabel Fraile, Aitor Ibarrola-Armendariz, Susana Onega, Chantal Zabus.


This volume makes an important step towards shaping the more particularized understanding of postcolonial trauma necessary to this field. - Kerry Bystrom, University of Connecticut

About the Author

Dolores Herrero and Sonia Baelo-Allue teach at the University of Zaragoza. Dolores Herrero has published on Victorian and postcolonial literature, in particular Australian and Indian authors, and on film and cultural studies. She is the co-editor, with Marita Nadal, of Margins in British and American Literature, Film and Culture (1997). Sonia Baelo-Allue's current research centres on trauma literature and 9/11 fiction. She has published widely on blank fiction writers, intermediality, and the representation of violence in literature. She is currently preparing a book on Bret Easton Ellis.

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Publication date

1st January 2011


Dolores Herrero

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Editions Rodopi B.V. an imprint of Brill


262 pages


Literary essays



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