Commemorating Violence as Therapy for Trauma in the Post-Civil War Anglophone Lebanese Novel

Pamela Layoun


In the period extending from 1975 to 1990, Lebanon entered a very dark phase in its history, as it became the battlefield of clashing communities and factions. The end of the war invited a willing erasure of fifteen years of violence from the national consciousness of Lebanese people leaving them burdened with the heavy weight of trauma. As the government deliberately refuses to keep the memory of the War alive, the novels written in the postwar period by contemporary immigrant Anglophone Lebanese writers seek to pull the bloody events out of amnesia and offer the Lebanese people the possibility to deal with their trauma publicly by coming face to face with the violence they had to endure.

Parole chiave

Violence; Trauma; Lebanese War; Public Memory, Therapy

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