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The Critique of Trauma and the End of the Novel in Tom McCarthy’s Remainder
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2012 (English)In: Modern fiction studies, ISSN 0026-7724, E-ISSN 1080-658X, Vol. 58, no 3, 549-68 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In the last few years, Tom Mcarthy has launched a sustained campaign against the pieties of the traditional British novel. His debut novel Remainder sets out to debunk the conventions of trauma fiction, that, despite its emphasis on fragmentation, repetition, and temporal dislocation, often continues to rely on the conventions of psychological realism. In Remainder, trauma emerges not as a psychological event, but rather as an intractable, dysphoric, subjectless affect. Showing how trauma operates across the domains of the social, the somatic, and the psychological, the novel inaugurates a different account of the linkage of literature and trauma.

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2012. Vol. 58, no 3, 549-68 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-83357DOI: 10.1353/mfs.2012.0056OAI: diva2:575367
Available from: 2012-12-10 Created: 2012-12-10 Last updated: 2016-09-08Bibliographically approved

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