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There is no there there anymore : The representation of collective and cultural trauma in Tommy Orange's There There

Authors
  • Gustavson, Melinda
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2021
Source
DiVA - Academic Archive On-line
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Language
English
License
Green
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Abstract

In this essay, the aim is to analyse the representation of collective and cultural trauma within the narrative of Tommy Orange's novel There There, as well as how the novel is redressing the experience of traumatisation, leading a way towards healing. To do this, the essay will focus on six of the novel's characters as well as the title, prologue and interlude. By using concepts of colonial and transgenerational trauma as well as survivance to approach the novel, the essay will argue that, as it makes the trauma visible, the narrative shows that healing can still be possible after traumatisation.

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