Donna Tartt’s Dostoevsky: Trauma and the Displaced Self

@article{Corrigan2018DonnaTD,
  title={Donna Tartt’s Dostoevsky: Trauma and the Displaced Self},
  author={Yuri Corrigan},
  journal={Comparative Literature},
  year={2018}
}
  • Yuri Corrigan
  • Published 1 December 2018
  • Art, Psychology
  • Comparative Literature
This essay explores Donna Tartt’s adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novels The Adolescent, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov in The Goldfinch as a guide to understanding Dostoevsky’s unorthodox and theologically inflected theory of trauma. The essay argues that both authors approach traumatic memory through the ancient folkloric archetype of the “external soul” (the inner essence displaced into external objects for safekeeping) and conceive of the healing process as the attempt to bring the… 

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