TRAUMATIC CHANGE: THE DYNAMICS OF CHARACTER AND CHRONOTOPE WHEN BAKHTIN’S ‘OTHER’ IS HARMFUL

Lorinda Tang

Abstract


Bakhtin’s world is predicated on the identity forming paradigm of self and other in dialogue. This dialogue occurs within the chronotope—the time-space—unique to the self. Yet this world does not consider the impact of trauma on the self, nor the way in which traumatic change shifts identity, and informs the relationships between self-chronotope and self-other. Reading concepts of literary trauma theory into Bakhtin’s world enables writers to create resonant characters that meaningfully depict the lived experience of trauma.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.21153/cinder2018art758

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