Embodiment” of trauma in Kjell Westö’s novel 
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"Ucieleśnienie" traumy w powieści historycznej Hägring 38 Kjella Westö
Embodiment” of trauma in Kjell Westö’s novel Mirage 38

Author(s): Agata Teperek
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Studies of Literature, Pre-WW I & WW I (1900 -1919)
Published by: Uniwersytet Gdański
Keywords: trauma; body memory; Kjell Westö; Mirage 38 ; female body

Summary/Abstract: Applying close-reading the transdisciplinary article investigates the way in which trauma experi-enced by women during the Finnish civil war (1918) is presented in Kjell Westö’s novel Mirage 38. Focusing on the female body and working with the term “body memory” , it discusses symbolical literary representations of traumatic memories, which cannot be described verbally and are oft en hided from the other members of the community, as well as their destructive impact on the psy-che and social relations of the traumatised person – in this case the main character of the novel Milja Matilda Wiik. Th e human body is perceived here as a place of embodiment of suppressed memories. Consequently, the body can be also seen as a medium of memory.

  • Issue Year: 21/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 62-76
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish