Decentring the “Scumbag” Veteran

“How do you get to be a scumbag?” wonders the veteran protagonist of Nico Walker’s novel, “Cherry”. A tale of war, dope fiends and bank robbery, Walker’s auto-fictional debut isn’t short of despicable people doing despicable things. The scumbag veteran, however, marks a striking departure from the veteran hero familiar to the contemporary cultural landscape.

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A New Century of Trauma?

According to Shoshana Felman, “The twentieth century can be defined as a century of trauma” (171 n.1). But is the trauma paradigm relevant for…

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