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It did not traumatise me at all: childhood ‘trauma’ in French oral narratives of wartime bombing

@inproceedings{Dodd2013ItDN,
  title={It did not traumatise me at all: childhood ‘trauma’ in French oral narratives of wartime bombing},
  author={Lindsey Dodd},
  year={2013}
}
In oral histories of the Allied bombing of France during the Second World War, ‘trauma’ is a word rarely used. Here, I examine the seeming absence of trauma in interviews I recorded with people who lived through the bombing as children. I note that this absence is only apparent, and that close analysis of their words reveals ‘trauma signals’ explicitly and implicitly in the narrative and its structure. Bombing is an objectively traumatising event, but traumatisation depends too on a… Expand

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