Editors Jean-Michel Ganteau and Susana Onega) have assembled a volume which addresses the relationship between trauma and ethics, and moves one step further to engage with vulnerability studies in their relation to literature and literary form. It consists of an introduction and of twelve articles written by specialists from various European countries and includes an interview with US novelist Jayne Anne Philips, conducted by her translator into French, Marc Amfreville, addressing her latest novel, Quiet Dell, through the victimhood-vulnerability prism. The corpus of primary sources on which the volume is based draws on various literary backgrounds in English, from Britain to India, through the USA. The editors draw on material from the ethics of alterity, trauma studies and the ethics of vulnerability in line with the work of moral philosophers like Emmanuel Levinas, as well as with a more recent and challenging tradition of continental thinkers, virtually unknown so far in the English-speaking world, represented by Guillaume Le Blanc, Nathalie Maillard, and Corinne Pelluchon, among others. Yet another related line of thought followed in the volume is that represented by feminist critics like Catriona McKenzie, Wendy Rogers and Susan Dodds.

chapter |18 pages


Contributor(s):Susana Onega, Jean-Michel Ganteau

part I|50 pages

Loss of Affect and Victimisation

chapter 1|14 pages

And Yet

Figuring Global Trauma in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being
Contributor(s):Catherine Bernard

chapter 2|18 pages

“The Willful Child”

Resignifying Vulnerability through Affective Attachments in Emma Donoghue’s Room 1
Contributor(s):Maite Escudero-Alías

chapter 3|16 pages

The Construction of Vulnerability and Monstrosity in Slipstream

Tom McCarthy’s Remainder
Contributor(s):Merve Sarikaya-Şen

part II|80 pages

Gender, Class, Race, and the Ethics and Aesthetics of Vulnerability

chapter 4|19 pages

Erasing Female Victimhood

The Debate over Trauma and Truth
Contributor(s):Ángeles de la Concha

chapter 5|20 pages

Vulnerable Ethics and Politics

Peter Ackroyd’s Rhetoric of Excess and Indirection in The Lambs of London 1
Contributor(s):Susana Onega

chapter 6|18 pages

Reviving Ghosts

The Reversibility of Victims and Vindicators in Sarah Waters’s The Little Stranger
Contributor(s):Eileen Williams-Wanquet

chapter 7|21 pages

A Dialectics of Trauma and Shame

The Politics of Dispossession in Gail Jones’s Black Mirror
Contributor(s):María Pilar Royo-Grasa

part III|44 pages

The Politics of Visibility

chapter 8|13 pages

The Humanism behind Jonathan Coe’s Narrative “patchwork[s] of… coincidences”

Acting and Writing around Vulnerability
Contributor(s):Laurent Mellet

chapter 9|12 pages

The (In)visibility of Systemic Victimisation

A Reading of Rupa Bajwa’s The Sari Shop
Contributor(s):Angela Locatelli

chapter 10|17 pages

Shifting Visibilities

The Politics of Trauma and Vulnerability in Neil Bartlett’s Skin Lane
Contributor(s):Jean-Michel Ganteau

part IV|36 pages

History and the Archive

chapter 11|17 pages

Hidden in Plain Sight

The Vulnerable Shapes of Lisa Appignanesi’s Holocaust Narratives
Contributor(s):Maria Grazia Nicolosi

chapter 12|8 pages

The Archive of a Missed Future

Vulnerability and the Poetics of Helplessness in Jayne Anne Philips’s Quiet Dell
Contributor(s):Marc Amfreville

chapter 13|9 pages

Sympathetic Haunting

An Interview with Jayne Anne Philips
Contributor(s):Marc Amfreville