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Trauma is often perceived as an experience that defies language. This research looks at how literary depictions of traumatic events can be read through the environment. In the novels of Anna Kavan, the environment – rather than being a passive backdrop – has an active role in shaping Kavan's depiction of trauma. This complicates the distinction between human and nonhuman entities and experiences, suggesting that trauma theory would benefit from taking nonhuman bodies into account.

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This page is a summary of: Anna Kavan's Ecologies of Trauma: Who Are You? and Ice, Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies, September 2019, Project Muse,
DOI: 10.1353/jlt.2019.0007.
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