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Lee Baker added a discussion to the group Contemporary Fiction Group
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Do we suffer from an urge to repeatedly reach for the 'trauma paradigm'?

The inaugural meeting of the contemporary fiction group at Birkbeck discussed Remainder, a novel by Tom McCarthy held by many at the group to be 'about' trauma. I think this is a misreading.Yes, as the blurb says, the narrator is "traumatised by an accident which involves 'something falling from the sky'" that leaves Remainder's hero obsessively reconstructing and re-enacting vaguely remembered scenes and situations from his past". But in no way shape or form is this a trauma narrative. It's…See More
Jul 7, 2010
Lee Baker joined Zara Dinnen's group
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Contemporary Fiction Group

This group hereby pledges to support the Contemporary Fiction Seminars in all the interesting work they will produce and inspire. For further info please see the events page for upcoming seminars; or contact Tony Venezia or Zara Dinnen.
Jul 6, 2010
Lee Baker is now a member of Dandelion Network
Jul 6, 2010

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UEA
Research interests
The narrative self, autobiographical memory, contemporary literature, neuroscience

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