Ghost, Android, Animal: Trauma and Literature Beyond the Human

1st Edition

Tony M. Vinci

December 9, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 264 Pages
ISBN 9780367261320 - CAT# 308146
Series: Perspectives on the Non-Human in Literature and Culture


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Ghost, Android, Animal challenges the notion that trauma literature functions as a healing agent for victims of severe pain and loss by bringing trauma studies into the orbit of posthumanist thought. Investigating how literary representations of ghosts, androids, and animals engage traumatic experience, this book revisits canonical texts by William Faulkner and Toni Morrison and aligns them with experimental and popular texts by Shirley Jackson, Philip K. Dick, and Clive Barker. In establishing this textual field, the book reveals how depictions of non-human agents invite readers to cross subjective and cultural thresholds and interact with the "impossible" pain of others. Ultimately, this study asks us to consider new practices for reading trauma literature that enlarges our conceptions of the human and the real.

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