Abstract

In literary trauma theory, victimized victimizers represent an ambiguous area. In my thesis, I show how Perry Smith, a historical figure in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, and Josef Kavalier, a fictional character in Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, represent these ambiguities. Both men become murderers acting out violence that was inflicted upon them as children. However, only Kavalier seems to work through the trauma.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Humanities; English

Rights

http://lib.byu.edu/about/copyright/

Date Submitted

2005-07-13

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd938

Keywords

trauma theory, victimized victimizers, In Cold Blood, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Truman Capote, Michael Chabon, Perry Smith, Josef Kavalier, Cathy Caruth, Dominick LaCapra

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