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Sophie Hannah’s Hurting Distance as Crime Trauma Fiction (2020)

Rodi-Risberg, M. (2020). Sophie Hannah’s Hurting Distance as Crime Trauma Fiction. In M. Piiponen, H. M. Mäntymäki, & M. Rodi-Risberg (Eds.), Transnational Crime Fiction : Mobility, Borders and Detection (pp. 279-294). Palgrave Macmillan. Crime Files. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-53413-4_15

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editors: Rodi-Risberg, Marinella

Parent publication: Transnational Crime Fiction : Mobility, Borders and Detection

Parent publication editors: Piiponen, Maarit; Mäntymäki, Helen Mäntymäki; Rodi-Risberg, Marinella

ISBN: 978-3-030-53412-7

eISBN: 978-3-030-53413-4

Journal or series: Crime Files

Publication year: 2020

Pages range: 279-294

Number of pages in the book: 306

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Place of Publication: Cham

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-53413-4_15

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/72607


Rodi-Risberg addresses trauma’s generic border-crossing movement through Sophie Hannah’s socially conscious crime thriller Hurting Distance (2007), a trauma narrative of sexual violence and emotional abuse that can be referred to as crime trauma fiction because it incorporates and blends features of both genres. Rodi-Risberg’s main argument is that crime trauma fiction such as Hannah’s novel represents traumatic experience as politically significant by mobilising affect through its themes of violence as social critique. The chapter concludes that contemporary narratives of crime and trauma such as Hannah’s should be seen as an important locus not only for representing traumatic experience, but also for offering a productive space for acknowledging suffering through the ethical witnessing and politically engaged reading of uncomfortable scenes of violence.

Keywords: crime fiction; traumas (mental objects); sex crimes; violence (activity); fiction and poetry; social criticism

Free keywords: Hannah, Sophie; trauma studies; trauma fiction; sexual violence; genre blending

Contributing organizations

Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 3

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