Cultural Trauma in the Inheritance of Loss

Shiyin Xu (School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Jiao Tong University)


Cultural trauma appears when a collectivity of human beings suffers sudden and rapid social change, touching the core of their inner sense. This paper analyzes cultural trauma in the precise time in that novel according to a classification of the Cultural Trauma theory and presents various strategies to cope with trauma. The whole process of cultural trauma reveals the complicated background then. Confronting ethic problems in displacement, tackling pertinent issues of the globalizing world and struggling with the lingering colonial effects of Britain in India, the novel depicts a special historical scene, implying the ways of living and enlightening today’s loss during the period of inheritance.


Cultural trauma; Displacement; Strategy

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