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‘We have experienced a tragedy which words cannot properly describe’: Representations of Trauma in Post-9/11 Superhero Comics

Smith, Philip and Goodrum, Michael (2011) '‘We have experienced a tragedy which words cannot properly describe’: Representations of Trauma in Post-9/11 Superhero Comics.' Literature Compass, 8 (8). pp. 487-498. ISSN 1741-4113

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Abstract

This paper explores the manifestation of trauma in superhero comics following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11. These texts are considered from the perspectives of clinical psychology and Silverman’s concept of historical trauma. The paper first examines the genre as a whole, followed by an exploration of elements common to the genre as exemplified in the Avengers: Disassembled plot arc.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: E History America > E151 United States (General)
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2012 10:55
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2012 10:55
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3804

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