The Traumatic Imagination: Histories of Violence in Magical Realist Fiction

by Eugene Arva


“The author proffers a rather long but careful theoretical context which includes presentations of previous and related work done on the fields as well as what he defines as his own interdisciplinary conceptual tool: traumatic imagination … The chapters on the chronotopes of slavery and colonialism read well and are cohesively presented when considering Arva’s core concepts … Arva’s knowledge is extensive and comprehensive … Arva introduces innovative concepts of his own while remaining faithful to their original literary, cultural and critical sources.” – Transnational Literature

"This book contributes to the growing body of critical thought on magical realism ... by integrating postcolonial and metropolitan texts, Eugene Arva’s study shows that magical realism is not only a postcolonial phenomenon but also belongs in meaningful ways to world literature in all cultural contexts, especially those having experienced trauma of one kind or another ... this approach to magical realism through ideas associated with trauma studies enlarges our understanding of the cultural work magical realism has been continuing to do in contemporary world literature." - Professor Wendy B. Faris, University of Texas at Arlington


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