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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 342: Trauma and Recovery, II: Recovery through Cultural and Narrative Frameworks

Monday 3 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Grace Elizabeth O'Duffy, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Adam Kelly, Faculty of English, University of Oxford
Paper 342-a'Some say that she had killed herself out of unhappiness': Granting Women Recovery in the Old Norse Family Sagas
(Language: English)
Grace Elizabeth O'Duffy, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Mentalities, Women's Studies
Paper 342-bThe Wanderer: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Survivor Guilt in Early English Warrior Culture
(Language: English)
Chad White, Department of History, University of Louisville, Kentucky
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English, Mentalities, Military History
Paper 342-cHistorical and Generational Trauma in the Matter of Arthur and Native American Resistance Narratives: A Comparative Exploration
(Language: English)
Wallace Cleaves, Department of English University of California Riverside / Tongva Tribal Nation Claremont
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Social History

Following on from the first panel in this 'Trauma and Recovery' series, this panel addresses how literary narratives can inform readings about 'Recovery' in three senses: cultural, personal, and generational. Looking at the violent trauma undergone by women in the Family Sagas, Grace O'Duffy raises the question of whether or not their recovery is presented as narratively important; Chad White suggests that the idealisation of masculinities is a means of processing psychological trauma in Old English poetry; Wallace Cleavers concludes with a study of healing 'historical unresolved grief' in Native American narratives of resistance to colonisation, putting them into dialogue with the Matter of Britain. This panel aims to inspire discussion about the connective threads of recovery that run through trauma narratives across cultures and languages.