Representation of War Trauma, Fracturing Experiences and Oppression in Sinan Antoon’s The Corpse Washer

Keywords:

War, Trauma, Corpse(s), Latency, Dream(s), Flashback(s)

Abstract

War trauma of non-Western countries and regions has always been neglected and marginalized by the Wstern intelligentsia. Their concepts and theories of trauma remained politically limited to the Western trauma of Holocaust, 9/11 and the others only. In the recent past, the non-Western Anglophone writers, theorists and scholars have tried to give voice to their respective trauma experiences of war and war crimes done to their people. Arab Anglophone writers also contributed to the field to resist the ‘othering’ and to make the outer world get abreast of the strategic war violence conducted in the Arab world. SinanAntoon, an Iraq-American diaspora novelist is also a resonant voice in this regard. His novel The Corpse Washer narrated in the backdrop of perpetual martial exercises in Iraq has been selected for the present study. Key characters and the exemplary key situations have been analyzed through the theoretical threads of abreactive model of Freud modified and advanced by Cathy Caruth in her works. The tenets of the model conjoined with the ideas of llatency’ and PTSD symptoms explained by Cathy Caruth have been propped up by the other related theorists. The research will be an impressive addition to the field and it can be implicated to all those regions which remained or are currently under the clouds of war.

 

Published

2022-05-27

How to Cite

Representation of War Trauma, Fracturing Experiences and Oppression in Sinan Antoon’s The Corpse Washer. (2022). Pakistan Journal of Society, Education and Language (PJSEL), 8(2), 74-82. Retrieved from https://pjsel.jehanf.com/index.php/journal/article/view/715