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Tytuł: Memory-dependent grief in Octavia Butler’s Fledgling
Autorzy: Łapińska, Magdalena
Słowa kluczowe: grief
Data wydania: 2016
Data dodania: 27-lis-2017
Wydawca: The University of Bialystok
Źródło: Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies 15 (4/2016), pp. 82-92
Abstrakt: The article explores grief as a memory-related emotional response to the loss of loved ones as presented in Octavia Butler’s fantasy novel Fledgling. The article deals with the inability to experience grief due to memory loss and the struggles that come with it. The reasons behind the inability of the main character to experience grief and its meaning are investigated. Two potential explanations are explored: the inability to experience grief as a result of general dissociative amnesia caused by the traumatic experience of witnessing the slaughter of one’s family and being left on the brink of death, and the possibility of the loss of affect induced by overwhelming feelings of loss. The grief over a person of whom the memories are intact is analyzed and contrasted with the lack of grief for the forgotten relatives. The idea of continuing bonds connected with the mourning process is briefly presented and illustrated using examples from Fledgling. The theory of five stages of grief formulated by the psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross is briefly introduced. Some of the stages of Kübler-Ross’s theory (denial, anger and acceptance) are illustrated through the analysis of the grief experienced by the main character. The distinct inability to govern or temper the emotional response to death is presented. Grief is also briefly introduced as a possible bonding instrument.
Afiliacja: University of Białystok
Nota biograficzna: Magdalena Łapińska is a graduate of the University of Białystok. She wrote her MA thesis on slavery-related traumatic experiences. She is currently working on her PhD. Her dissertation is devoted to violence-related emotions in contemporary African-American literature.
DOI: 10.15290/cr.2016.15.4.07
e-ISSN: 2300-6250
Typ Dokumentu: Article
Występuje w kolekcji(ach):Artykuły naukowe (WFil)
Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies, 2016, Issue 15

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