Realism and Trauma – A Reconnaisance  Cover Image

Realizm i trauma – rekonesans
Realism and Trauma – A Reconnaisance

Author(s): Aleksandra Szczepan
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Realism; Trauma; Holocaust; Testimony

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the article is to investigate the possibility of redefining realism in the context of the Holocaust and traumatic literature. Beginning with 19th century ideas on how to reformulate this notion, the author offers a theoretical basis for describing and interpreting the testimonial literature and these literary works which attempt at presenting the traumatic experience. The author claims that reading of traumatic literature in the realist perspective needs to acknowledge the risks of a possible conventionalisation of literary means employed to depict the experience considered unrepresentable.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 219-230
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish