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Freud in OzAt the Intersections of Psychoanalysis and Children's Literature$
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Kenneth B. Kidd

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675821

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675821.001.0001

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T Is for Trauma

T Is for Trauma

The Children’s Literature of Atrocity

(p.181) 6. T Is for Trauma
Freud in Oz

Kenneth B. Kidd

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on a trend that psychoanalyst Elizabeth Baer calls “literature of atrocity’ for children”, which is Holocaust centered and influenced by the themes and conceits of psychoanalysis. Trauma writing is a combination of literary and psychological discourse, in which certain kinds of trauma takes priority. The chapter examines young adult Holocaust novels styled after fairy tales, and picturebooks about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Young adult Holocaust narrative marks trauma as having happened elsewhere in time or space, while the 9/11 picturebooks construct Americans as innocent victims or “infantile citizens.”

Keywords:   Elizabeth Baer, literature of atrocity, psychoanalysis, trauma writing, young adult Holocaust novels, fairy tales, 9/11 picturebooks

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