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Literary Aesthetics of Trauma

Virginia Woolf and Jeanette Winterson


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Reina C. van der Wiel
    Pages 1-22
  3. Reina C. van der Wiel
    Pages 23-47
  4. Reina C. van der Wiel
    Pages 126-154
  5. Reina C. van der Wiel
    Pages 214-217
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 218-255

About this book


Literary Aesthetics of Trauma: Virginia Woolf and Jeanette Winterson investigates a fundamental shift, from the 1920s to the present day, in the way that trauma is aesthetically expressed. Modernism's emphasis on impersonality and narrative abstraction has been replaced by the contemporary trauma memoir and an ethical imperative to bear witness.


Virginia Woolf Jeanette Winterson Modernism Literary trauma aesthetics Narrative transformation Woolf

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Birkbeck, University of LondonUK

About the authors

Reina van der Wiel is Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, UK and has also taught English Literature at Birkbeck and Middlesex University. She has published work in Women: A Cultural Review and Scenes of Intimacy: Writing, Reading and Theorizing Contemporary Literature, edited by Jennifer Cooke.

Bibliographic information


'...this is a book of prodigious scholarship with a carefully considered, contemporary message.' - Dianne M. Hunter, Woolf Studies Annual