Reading the Ruptured Word: Detecting Trauma in Gothic Fiction from 1764-1853

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Using trauma theory, I analyze the disjointed narrative structure of gothic works from 1764-1853 as symptomatic of the traumatic experience. Gothic novels contain multiple structural anomalies, including gaps in experience that indicate psychological wounding, use of the supernatural to violate rational thought, and the inability of witnesses to testify to the traumatic event. These structural abnormalities are the result of trauma that characters within these texts then seek to prevent or repair via detection.

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Laredo, Jeanette A August 2016.

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Using trauma theory, I analyze the disjointed narrative structure of gothic works from 1764-1853 as symptomatic of the traumatic experience. Gothic novels contain multiple structural anomalies, including gaps in experience that indicate psychological wounding, use of the supernatural to violate rational thought, and the inability of witnesses to testify to the traumatic event. These structural abnormalities are the result of trauma that characters within these texts then seek to prevent or repair via detection.

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Laredo, Jeanette A. Reading the Ruptured Word: Detecting Trauma in Gothic Fiction from 1764-1853, dissertation, August 2016; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc862792/: accessed November 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .