Introduction: The Gothic in Contemporary British Trauma Fiction

  • Ashlee Joyce


Critics tend to view the Gothic as a means of fulfilling trauma theory’s ethical imperative of evoking in readers an empathic identification with the Gothic/psychoanalytic subject. Doing so, however, relies on problematic assumptions about the inevitability of ethical responses from writers and audiences alike. This monograph re-evaluates the link between trauma and the Gothic through six British novels: Martin Amis’s London Fields (1989), Margaret Drabble’s The Gates of Ivory (1991), Ian McEwan’s Atonement (2001), Pat Barker’s Regeneration (1991) and Double Vision (2003), and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go (2005). Over the course of these texts, a progression emerges towards greater awareness of the ethical contradictions existing within literary trauma studies, which are brought to light by the Gothic conventions appearing in these narratives.


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  • Ashlee Joyce
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  1. 1.University of New BrunswickFrederictonCanada

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