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.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Jeo, Noella, "Perry Smith and Josef Kavalier: Historical and Literary Victimized Victimizers" (2005). Theses and Dissertations. 592.
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