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Hearing Voices: A Corporeal Expression of Trauma in Margaret

Atwood’s Lady Oracle





The study aims at giving the clinical symptom “Hearing Voices” a literary conceptualization through an analytical reading of Margaret Atwood’s Lady Oracle (1976). Shedding light on the synergy between the body, the voice, and trauma, the study specifically examines how the protagonist’s childhood trauma returns through the cracks of her consciousness in a form of hallucinations and hearing ghost voices in adulthood. The study also aims to explore how Atwood problematizes the notion of hearing voices to project her protagonist’s inner world. The ensuing discussion utilizes Sigmund Freud’s theorization on trauma’s embodiment through corporeality, as well as Cathy Caruth’s emphasis on the manifestation of trauma through both the voice and the body. Also relevant is Laura Di Prete’s focus on the interplay between embodied voices and speaking bodies.

Keywords: Childhood memories; Corporeality of trauma; Hearing voices; Margaret Atwood,;Lady Oracle.

Authors: Ikram Lecheheb, Samira Al-Khawaldeh 

Doi: https://doi.org/10.47012/jjmll.13.4.11


Cited by: Jordan Journal of Modern Languages and Literatures (JJMLL) 2021, 13 (4): 801-820


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