PhD Research

Literary Trauma Theory

I am currently on leave of absence from my doctoral work, which is supervised by Dr. Gavin Goodwin and Dr. Neal Alexander at Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK. I will be returning in January 2023.

I am working with literary trauma theory in fiction and memoir, and look heavily to the work of Cathy Caruth, and the reimagining of how trauma creates entirely new beings out of old ones. I explore French philosopher Catherine Malabou’s concept of plasticity and how it informed my writing. Is the alteration and plasticity of a human being more truthful than a ‘back to normal’ or ‘elastic’ experience? Where in literature do we find breaks in biography? I am working to locate these intersections in the novel and memoir, while exploring autofiction and the lines that are blurred between truth and fiction in relationship to trauma.