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Romero-Jódar, Andrés: "“When the Life Giver Dies, All Around Is Laid Waste”. Structural Trauma and the Splitting of Time in Signal to Noise, a Graphic Novel." In: Journal of Popular Culture 45.5 (2012), S. 1000–1019.
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Keywords: "Signal to Noise", Bergson. Henri, Gaiman. Neil, Großbritannien, Heidegger. Martin, McKean. Dave, Narratologie, Philosophie, Tod, Trauma
Collection: Journal of Popular Culture
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Trauma critic Dominick LaCapra, in Writing History, Writing Trauma (2001), established a distinction between ‘historical’ and ‘structural’ traumas. In contrast to punctual events that lie at the core of historical traumas, a structural trauma refers to an anxiety-producing condition of humanity, namely mortality, which becomes the traumatic event in the mind of the subject. This essay aims to analyse Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s graphic novel, Signal to Noise (1989), as a representation of the mental unease of a subject affected by a structural trauma, which inextricably leads to an in-depth examination of the meaning of human existence. Within the scope of Trauma Studies, this article explores the splitting of the concept of time in the agonist protagonist’s mind, as this category is deconstructed into three different representations related to the philosophical ideas of Henri Bergson (la Durée réelle and la Durée interne), Martin Heidegger (Jeweiligkeit) and the theories of Trauma Studies (traumatic memories). Additionally, this graphic novel offers a possible means for working through structural trauma and healing from the anxiety of death.
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