Innovative representations of trauma: trauma in popular culture

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dc.contributor.advisor Gibbs, Alan en
dc.contributor.advisor Allen, Graham en
dc.contributor.author Travers, Sean
dc.date.accessioned 2020-04-29T10:08:18Z
dc.date.available 2020-04-29T10:08:18Z
dc.date.issued 2019-09-10
dc.date.submitted 2019-09-10
dc.identifier.citation Travers, S. 2019. Innovative representations of trauma: trauma in popular culture. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 292 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/9887
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates the representation of trauma in late twentieth- and early twenty-first century popular culture. Dominant cultural trauma theory tends to focus on high cultural avant-garde works. However, more recent studies increasingly examine trauma representation in popular culture. This thesis sets out to add to these studies, uncovering new themes and techniques of trauma representation. I posit a series of original paradigms through which to understand trauma in popular cultural artefacts. Divided into three sections, I will explore three distinct modes of traumatic representation: popular culture’s thematic engagement with postmodern perspectives, competitive narration and perpetrator trauma in video games. The main primary texts examined are Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980), Tatsuya Ishihara’s The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2006-9), Tim Burton’s Batman Returns (1992), David Lynch and Mark Frost’s television series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and its prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Team Salvato’s Doki Doki Literature Club and Toby Fox’s Undertale. The general position taken is that canonical Western trauma representations since the late twentieth-century tend to be formulaic, whereas more innovative trauma representations can be found in certain popular texts. An important founding principle of this thesis then, is to establish how the selected popular trauma texts both diverge from and correspond with dominant cultural trauma theory and canonical trauma texts. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2019, Sean Travers. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.subject Trauma en
dc.subject American culture en
dc.subject Japanese culture en
dc.subject Postmodernism en
dc.subject Popular culture en
dc.title Innovative representations of trauma: trauma in popular culture en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD - Doctor of Philosophy en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school English en
dc.internal.conferring Summer 2020 en
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