• Ashlee Joyce


Retraces how the self-reflexive qualities of each of these novels and their participation in the Gothic call attention to the stylized representation of trauma to comment on the relationship between writing and witnessing. The oscillation between identification and distance that these authors’ participation in the Gothic foregrounds complicates trauma fiction’s ethical claims, suggesting that there should be no assumed audience of this type of fiction that is universally vulnerable, responsive, or empathic. Drawing on works by Pieter Vermeulen, Anyana Jahanara Kabir, Stef Craps, and others, the chapter concludes by connecting the movement in trauma theory beyond its largely white, Western, Freudian applications to the emergence of the “global Gothic” and envisions further avenues for exploration of the nexus between these two provocative modes of writing.


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  • Ashlee Joyce
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  1. 1.University of New BrunswickFrederictonCanada

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