Trauma Literature in the Americas

Authored by: Marta Caminero Santangelo , Joachim Michael

The Routledge Handbook to the Culture and Media of the Americas

Print publication date:  March  2020
Online publication date:  March  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138479821
eBook ISBN: 9781351064705
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351064705-21

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Abstract

This entry explores trauma literature of the Americas and develops an understanding of “inter-American” forms of the genre. The latter term invokes literature from the (north and south) Americas representing collective and often trans-continental forms of trauma, whether through fictional representation or through autobiography and testimonio and other forms of “life writing” (→ III/11), as well as literature that depicts the relationship between North, Central, and South America as key to the production of trans-American trauma. The entry primarily explores Latin American and U.S. Latinx literature as case studies for understanding the various ways in which trauma is represented in literary texts, and the ways in which these representations figuratively cross national boundaries to be “trans-American.”

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