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Tytuł: Testimonies of absence: Trauma and forgetting in The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
Autorzy: Lorek-Jezińska, Edyta
Słowa kluczowe: trauma
memory
forgetting
post-apocalypse
Kazuo Ishiguro
Data wydania: 2016
Data dodania: 27-lis-2017
Wydawca: The University of Bialystok
Źródło: Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies 15 (4/2016), pp. 42-51
Abstrakt: In their Testimony: Crises of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis and History, Felman and Laub associate the trauma narrative with a gap or omission: “The victim’s narrative – the very process of bearing witness to massive trauma – does indeed begin with someone who testifies to an absence, to an event that has not yet come into existence, in spite of the overwhelming and compelling nature of the reality of its occurrence” (Felman and Laub, 57). The event in which the traumatic experience is located cannot be accessed directly, but, as Caruth argues, “only in and through its inherent forgetting” (Caruth, 8). The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro begins with a hiatus expressed in the main character’s (Axl’s) realisation of the missing past that has disappeared from people’s memory. Embarking on a journey that proceeds across geographical and historical space, the narrative delves into private mental topographies and the post-apocalyptic debris. By trying to make sense of the landscape troubled by “inherent forgetting” and simultaneously testifying to “massive trauma”, the narrative of Ishiguro’s novel reveals the double process of coming to terms with loss and (the perpetrator/victim’s) traumatic experience. My objective is to examine the story of The Buried Giant as an instance of trauma narrative starting with an absence and a melancholic text revealing the complexity of the mourning process. In my study I primarily draw upon the narrative theories of trauma and its latency (Felman and Laub, Caruth), as well as the psychoanalytic concepts of incorporation and introjection (Abraham and Torok) to investigate the narrative and conceptual structures of loss in the novel.
Afiliacja: Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń
Nota biograficzna: Edyta Lorek-Jezińska (PhD, D. Litt.) is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland, where she teaches British drama, theatre, gender and cultural studies. She has published on site and environment in theatre as well as gender, intertextuality, corporeality and hauntology in British drama. She is the author of The Hybrid in the Limen: British and Polish Environment-Oriented Theatre (2003, Toruń) and Hauntology and Intertextuality in Contemporary British Drama by Women Playwrights (2013, Toruń).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11320/6017
DOI: 10.15290/cr.2016.15.4.04
e-ISSN: 2300-6250
Typ Dokumentu: Article
Występuje w kolekcji(ach):Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies, 2016, Issue 15

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