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Spectres of the Past: Reading the Phantom of Family Trauma in Neo-Victorian Fiction


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Author(s): Gruß S
Editor(s): Böhm-Schnitker Nadine, Gruss Susanne
Title edited volumes: Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture: Immersions and Revisitations
Publisher: Routledge
Publishing place: London, New York
Publication year: 2014
Title of series: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature
Volume: 12
Pages range: 123-136
Language: English

Abstract

This article draws on Abraham and Torok’s psychoanalytical concepts of the phantom and the crypt as suitable tools for the analysis of trauma and spectrality. In my readings of John Harwood’s The Ghost Writer (2004) and Asylum (2013) and Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale (2006), I explore the question of intergenerational (or phantomatic) haunting and family trauma and point to the ways in which these texts interlink traumatisation and (inter)textual haunting. At the same time, I maintain that these novels can be used to question our own stance on the neo-Victorian and the usefulness of trauma studies as an apt theoretical tool for neo-Victorian studies.



How to cite
APA: Gruß, S. (2014). Spectres of the Past: Reading the Phantom of Family Trauma in Neo-Victorian Fiction. In Böhm-Schnitker Nadine, Gruss Susanne (Eds.), Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture: Immersions and Revisitations (pp. 123-136). London, New York: Routledge.

MLA: Gruß, Susanne. "Spectres of the Past: Reading the Phantom of Family Trauma in Neo-Victorian Fiction." Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture: Immersions and Revisitations Ed. Böhm-Schnitker Nadine, Gruss Susanne, London, New York: Routledge, 2014. 123-136.

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