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dc.contributor.authorTew, P-
dc.date.accessioned2015-01-19T14:49:51Z-
dc.date.available2014-
dc.date.available2015-01-19T14:49:51Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationÉtudes britanniques contemporaines: Revue de la Société d’Études Anglaises Contemporaine, 47, 2014, Issue: The Imaginaries of Space.en_US
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dc.description.abstractThis essay considers theories of trauma and fiction, in particular by analysing two novels set in London, Will Self’s The Book of Dave and Zadie Smith’s NW, and argues that trauma’s apparent belatedness (rendering its origins as elusive and unattainable) is less important particularly post-9/11 than the ‘traumatological,’ or a sense of immediate, attributable potential threats permeating the social and cultural conditions. The essay explores how Self’s future dystopia with its dogmatic belief systems runs parallel with the present and how Dave ‘Tufty’ Rudman, insane after his divorce, creates a ranting text retrieved in the future by those founding a new monotheistic religion, Dävinanity. The Book of Dave’s pathological influence allows a satire of the blind faith which animates the extremism that permeates elements of extreme Islam and future fundamentalists in a largely flooded Ingerland (England). Smith’s novel largely concerns two friends living in London’s north-west suburbs, Leah Hanwell and Natalie (previously Keisha) Blake, bonded by a traumatic childhood event. This essay explores a literal and visceral cartography of these women’s different betrayals of their partners, their multiple acts of deceit, and their troubled inner lives grounded in nostalgia for a less privileged upbringing. Both Self’s and Smith’s London fictions incorporate insistently cartographies of suffering, charting the traumatic and traumatological realities of urban selfhood.en_US
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dc.subjectTrauma theoryen_US
dc.subjectTheorists and fictionen_US
dc.subjectWill Selfen_US
dc.subjectZadie Smithen_US
dc.subjectHistorical deferralen_US
dc.subjectThe traumatologicalen_US
dc.subjectPost-9/11 narrativesen_US
dc.subjectTransgressionen_US
dc.subjectThe sacrificialen_US
dc.subjectUrban cartographiesen_US
dc.subjectIndividual and collective pathologiesen_US
dc.subjectSufferingen_US
dc.subjectBetrayalen_US
dc.titleWill Self and Zadie Smith’s depictions of post-Thatcherite London: Imagining traumatic and traumatological Spaceen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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pubs.editionThe Imaginaries of Space-
pubs.editionThe Imaginaries of Space-
pubs.editionThe Imaginaries of Space-
pubs.issue47-
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