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

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


  • Author: Laredo, Jeanette A.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Armintor, Deborah Needleman
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Porter, Dahlia
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Gilbert, Nora
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2016-08


  • English


  • Content Description: 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.


  • Keyword: trauma
  • Keyword: detection
  • Keyword: narrative
  • Keyword: gothic
  • Keyword: fragments
  • Keyword: fragmentation
  • Keyword: supernatural
  • Keyword: female detective


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: unt
  • Rights Holder: Laredo, Jeanette A
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights Reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • Accession or Local Control No: submission_316
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc862792


  • Degree Name: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Degree Level: Doctoral
  • Academic Department: Department of English
  • College: College of Arts and Sciences
  • Degree Discipline: English
  • Degree Publication Type: disse
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas


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