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Title: In-between worlds : exploring trauma through fantasy
Author: Shields, Amber
ISNI:       0000 0004 7425 4484
Awarding Body: University of St Andrews
Current Institution: University of St Andrews
Date of Award: 2018
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While fantasy as a genre is often dismissed as frivolous and inappropriate, it is highly relevant in representing and working through trauma. The fantasy genre presents spectators with images of the unsettled and unresolved, taking them on a journey through a world in which the familiar is rendered unfamiliar. It positions itself as an in-between, while the consequential disturbance of recognized world orders lends this genre to relating stories of trauma themselves characterized by hauntings, disputed memories, and irresolution. Through an examination of films from around the world and their depictions of individual and collective traumas through the fantastic, this thesis outlines how fantasy succeeds in representing and challenging histories of violence, silence, and irresolution. Further, it also examines how the genre itself is transformed in relating stories that are not yet resolved. While analysing the modes in which the fantasy genre mediates and intercedes trauma narratives, this research contributes to a wider recognition of an understudied and underestimated genre, as well as to discourses on how trauma is narrated and negotiated.
Supervisor: Torchin, Leshu Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Fantasy ; Trauma ; Fairytale ; PN1995.9F36S5 ; Fantasy films ; Psychic trauma in motion pictures ; Fairy tales in motion pictures