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Vickroy's study is unique in its use of trauma, postcolonial, and object relations theories to illuminate the cultural aspects of traumatic experience that shape relationships, identity formation, and the possibilities for symbolization. Vickroy argues that contemporary trauma narratives are indeed personalized responses to this century's emerging awareness of the catastrophic effects on the individual psyche of wars, poverty, colonization, and domestic abuse. She examines these texts as postcolonial attempts to rearticulate the lives and voices of marginalized people, to reject Western conceptions of the autonomous subject, and to recognize the complex negotiations of multicultural social relations.
Trauma is a compelling and evocative topic in the contemporary world and as reflected in its literature. In unraveling trauma's effects, the texts studied in Trauma and Survival in Contemporary Fiction reveal the intricacies of power and the relationship between society's demands and the individual'spsychological well-being.
Laurie Vickroy is Associate Professor of English at Bradley University.
"Vickroy's work offers a substantial contribution to the field of trauma studies, a burgeoning area of discourse that has captured the literary imagination of academic scholars in the past decade." - Suzette Henke, author of Shattered Subjects: Trauma and Testimony in Women's Life-Writing