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Intersectional Trauma in American Women Writers' Incest Novels from the 1990s (2022)

Rodi-Risberg, M. (2022). Intersectional Trauma in American Women Writers' Incest Novels from the 1990s. Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-96619-5

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Rodi-Risberg, Marinella

ISBN: 978-3-030-96618-8

eISBN: 978-3-030-96619-5

Publication year: 2022

Number of pages in the book: 225

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Place of Publication: Cham

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-96619-5

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This book explores the intersections of sexualized, gendered, and racialized traumas in five US novels about father-daughter incest from the 1990s. It examines how incest can be connected to wider past and present structural oppression and institutional abuse, and what fiction looks like that testifies against and references a historical background of slavery, poverty, settler colonialism, annexation, and immigration. Investigating the means of resistance used against attempts at silencing and denial in these texts, the book also shows how contemporary women’s novels can propose social change. Overall, this study uniquely argues that the individual trauma of incest in these texts must be understood in relation to histories of and present collective wounding against marginalized communities. By sitting at the intersections between trauma theory and US third world feminism, it allows for theory to meet literary activism.

Keywords: literature; novels; gender; sexuality (sexual orientation); childhood; incest; sexual abuse; fathers; daughters; traumas (mental objects); intersectionality; third countries; literary research; feminism; feminist literary criticism; societal change; activism

Free keywords: traumateoriat; Yhdysvallat

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Reporting Year: 2022

JUFO rating: 3

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