What is it about?

The essay discusses the ways in which trauma relates to the novel and how trauma novels try to speak about the 'unspeakable'. It takes the two mentioned novels as examples and relates trauma to their narrative structures.

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Why is it important?

It is important because there are hardly any works on the relation of trauma and narrative which show how theory can be applied to interpretative practice.


It draws the sum of my occupation with the South African trauma novel for the last ten years.

Ewald Mengel
Univerzita Tomase Bati ve Zline

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This page is a summary of: The Contemporary South African Trauma Novel: Michiel Heyns’ Lost Ground (2011) and Marlene van Niekerk’s The Way of the Women (2008), Anglia - Zeitschrift für englische Philologie, March 2020, De Gruyter,
DOI: 10.1515/ang-2020-0007.
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