In the Name of Trauma: Notes on Testimony, Truth Telling and the Secret of Literature in South Africa

  title={In the Name of Trauma: Notes on Testimony, Truth Telling and the Secret of Literature in South Africa},
  author={Rosalind C. Morris},
  journal={Comparative Literature Studies},
  • R. Morris
  • Published 2011
  • History
  • Comparative Literature Studies
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