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Chronicling Trauma: Journalists and Writers on Violence and Loss

Doug Underwood


To attract readers, journalists have long trafficked in the causes of trauma—crime, violence, warfare—as well as psychological profiling of deviance and aberrational personalities. Novelists, in turn, have explored these same subjects in developing their characters and by borrowing from their own traumatic life stories to shape the themes and psychological terrain of their fiction. This book offers a conceptual and historical framework for comprehending the impact of trauma and violence in the careers and the writings of important journalist–literary figures in the United States and British Is ... More

Keywords: trauma, violence, fiction, psychoactive drugs, Charles Dickens, journalism, literary figures, writers, journalists, traumatic experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036408
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Doug Underwood, author
University of Washington