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2012 | 11 | Supplement | 62-73
Article title

Trauma Drama: Victims’ Traumatic Memories in Kay Adshead’s the Bogus Woman (2001) and Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Credible Witness (2001).

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In our contemporary society there exists a fascination with trauma and testimony. Thus, my paper looks at traumatised protagonists in the above-mentioned plays that testify to the manifold victimization of asylum seekers. First they were tortured and persecuted in their home countries, and then subjected to new traumatic humiliation in prison-like detention centres in Great Britain. Both plays assume a political position by appealing to the individual conscience of the audience who, through the characters’ outrageous narration, become witnesses to appalling violations of human rights.
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Journal
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11
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Pages
62-73
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Dates
published
2012-12-01
online
2012-12-28
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References
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Publication order reference
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bwmeta1.element.doi-10_2478_v10320-012-0006-9
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