Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Proceedings of KUST, Iraq Conference 2022 Pp.114-125
The “Unclaimed Experience”: Trauma and Crime Fiction
Maysaa Husam Jaber
Psychological Research Center
Recived: 2/17/2022 Accepted: 5/9/2022 Published: 7/1/2022
This paper examines the intersections between trauma and literature and crime fiction, more specifically. By looking at the representations of trauma in crime fiction, it is argued here that trauma in crime novels involves a multilayered and complex discourse that generates its own narrative, one that relies on techniques like fragmentation, repetition, puzzle-solving, deliberate vagueness, and obscurity. It is also proposed that the use of trauma as a lens to examine crime narratives is both valuable and problematic, as it brings forth the conflict and the tension in the trauma discourse regarding words and wounds; expression and silence; representation and unspeakability. This paper will highlight that exploring the meeting points between trauma and crime narratives can also function as a as a point of departure from the conventional readings of crime fiction and contemplates a reading of the crime novel as trauma fiction. By so doing, this paper stresses the configurations of trauma in crime fiction beyond the medical framework and addresses the aspects and techniques in which trauma is centrally positioned in crime narratives.
Keywords : crime fiction, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, psychology, trauma, , trauma fiction
Cite as: Jaber, M.H. (2022). The “Unclaimed Experience”: Trauma and Crime Fiction. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ)
Proceedings of KUST, Iraq Conference 2022 (1)114-125.
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