Zadie Smith and Postcolonial Trauma: Decolonising Trauma, Decolonising Selves

Author:   Beatriz Perez Zapata
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
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9780367460693


Pages:   170
Publication Date:   14 July 2021
Format:   Hardback
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Zadie Smith and Postcolonial Trauma: Decolonising Trauma, Decolonising Selves


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This monograph analyses Zadie Smith's White Teeth, On Beauty, NW, The Embassy of Cambodia, and Swing Time as trauma fictions that reveal the social, cultural, historical, and political facets of trauma. Starting with Smith's humorous critique of psychoanalysis and her definition of original trauma, this volume explores Smith's challenge of Western theories of trauma and coping, and how her narratives expose the insidiousness of (post)colonial suffering and unbelonging. This book then explores transgenerational trauma, the tensions between remembering and forgetting, multidirectional memory, and the possibilities of the ambiguities and contradictions of the postcolonial and diasporic characters Smith depicts. This analysis discloses Smith's effort to ethically redefine trauma theory from a postcolonial and decolonial standpoint, reiterates the need to acknowledge and work through colonial histories and postcolonial forms of oppression, and critically reflects on our roles as witnesses of suffering in global times.

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Author:   Beatriz Perez Zapata
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Weight:   0.485kg
ISBN:  

9780367460693


ISBN 10:   0367460696
Pages:   170
Publication Date:   14 July 2021
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Beatriz Perez Zapata is Lecturer of English for Primary Education at the Valencian International University and Assistant Lecturer of English for Specific Purposes at Tecnocampus (Pompeu Frabra University). She obtained her PhD from the University of Zaragoza. She has published extensively on Smith's work in international journals. She has also published articles on the representation of shame and trauma of diasporic subjects, and postcolonial subjects and refugees in video games. Her research interests are trauma, black British writing, diasporic literature, and the representation of refugees in literature and media.

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