A. Geertsma, MA
My research interests are in post-9/11 literature, contemporary literature and engagement, psychoanalysis and trauma theory, cultural memory, postmodernism and beyond.
MA Dissertation: "Representing Trauma in post-9/11 Fiction: Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close."
Focusing on the representation of trauma in the first two novels of Foer, one of the main representatives of a new generation of American writers, I argue that these novels demonstrate the need to articulate trauma. As a result, the novels challenge contemporary trauma theory and its emphasis on the "excesses of the Real." Instead, Foer's novels embrace the Freudian psychoanalytical notion of trauma, characterized by the talking cure, that does not consider trauma to belong to a pre-linguistic realm. In this sense, Foer moves beyond the postmodern impasse and expresses a (Romantic) belief in literature as healing.
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