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Inter-/Trans-/Unidisciplinary Methods – Techniques

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Edited By Beata Ptaszyńska, Paulina Stanik and Stanisław Świtlik

Cultural historians, literary scholars and linguists have been concerned with the question of how the world can be understood and represented in text. This volume presents new questions, methods and approaches in Humanism by promoting scholarly work of young researchers who participated in the Inter-/Trans-/Unidisciplinary Methods – Techniques – Structures conference in Warsaw, Poland. In their analyses, the authors shed new light on works of literature, foreign cultures and languages of the world by adopting broad perspectives and using various methods. It contains eleven articles organized into the following parts: The World in Languages and The World in Literature.

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Transculturalism and Trauma in the Novel The Dispossessed by Szilárd Borbély (Ariana Fabiszewska)

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Ariana Fabiszewska

Transculturalism and Trauma in the Novel The Dispossessed by Szilárd Borbély

Abstract: The aim of the study is to present transculturalism and childhood as a traumatic experience. In the first part of the work I am going to discuss the trauma theory and traumatic language, in the next one the role of trauma in Szilárd Borbély’s The Dispossessed novel, and then the narration from the child’s perspective in the context of postmodern literature. This concept refers to literary works in which those who were marginalized and subordinate, whose voice was not important and heard, can finally speak out. One of the aims of the work is to show that this marginalization can be a source of trauma. At the end I am going to depict transculturalism as a traumatic factor.

Keywords: trauma, transculturalism, traumatic language, child perspective, Szilárd Borbély, Hungarian literature

1 Theory of trauma and traumatic language

The origins of research on trauma theory date back to the 19th century, but it was not until the 20th century that they reached their peak of development. Shortly after World War I, another conflict broke out, an unimaginable armed conflict that devoured the largest number of victims so far – the Second World War. This war completely changed the rules governing the world and created a field for the development of trauma theory. There are many definitions of trauma theory, one of them was...

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