Like Stripes on a Chokecherry Tree : Representations of Trauma and Consolidation of History in Neo-slave Narratives
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Original versionWaller, J.M. (2021) Like Stripes on a Chokecherry Tree : Representations of Trauma and Consolidation of History in Neo-slave Narratives (Master's thesis). University of Agder, Kristiansand.
Literature has long been utilised to provide commentary on social and political injustices, give voice to discriminated peoples, and provide context in relation to social and cultural history. The aim of this thesis was to analyse the representations of trauma and slavery in the novels Kindred by Octavia E. Butler and Beloved by Toni Morrison in order to determine to what extent these novels aid the consolidation of the trauma and history of slavery with contemporary understanding. This was achieved using the historical context of slavery alongside a traumatheoretical framework including, but not limited to, primary and secondary trauma, cultural trauma, prosthetic memory. This thesis found that the author’s initial motivation for writing their novel, in both cases, played a role in the type of trauma which was presented in each novel. This thesis has also found that differences in style, genre, narratology had a significant effect on each novel’s ability to bridge the gap between past and present.
Master´s thesis in English (EN500)