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dc.contributor.advisorCohen, Samuel S.eng
dc.contributor.authorHorton, Michael Anthonyeng
dc.date.issued2010eng
dc.date.submitted2010 Springeng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on June 14, 2010).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Samuel Cohen.eng
dc.descriptionM.A. University of Missouri--Columbia 2010.eng
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines the relationship between trauma and the literary mode of the fantastic. While the fantastic has historically been understood as an escapist mode or a literature of wish fulfillment, it may also play an important role in how victims of trauma construct their narratives. The fantastic does not simply leave trauma behind or provide pleasant alternatives to actual experiences; rather, it can constitute the acting out of trauma, facilitate working through, and even enable victims to bear witness to the traumatic past. After a brief overview of both trauma theory and the effects of combat trauma, this study offers readings of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, John A. Williams' Captain Blackman, and Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato to show that fantastic elements in trauma narratives can be read as responses to and manifestations of trauma. The second chapter returns to O'Brien's novel to examine the fantastic mode as a means of healing. The study concludes with an analysis of the fantastic as bearing witness to real historical events in addition to those that make up the experience of trauma itself.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical referenceseng
dc.format.extentiv, 57 pageseng
dc.identifier.merlinb79329457eng
dc.identifier.oclc648210785eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/8094
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/8094eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2010 Theseseng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.subject.lcshVonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-fiveeng
dc.subject.lcshWilliams, John Alfred, 1925- Captain Blackmaneng
dc.subject.lcshO'Brien, Tim, 1946- Going after Cacciatoeng
dc.subject.lcshFantasy fictioneng
dc.subject.lcshWar storieseng
dc.titleTrauma and the fantastic in twentieth century war fictioneng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.A.eng


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