Discovering the Religious Dimension of Trauma

Trauma Literature and the Joseph Story


This book reads the Joseph novella alongside contemporary trauma novels in order to analyze the loss of the assumptive world of the writer and readers of the Joseph novella. In turn, it re-thinks trauma theory in light of the “religious,” understood as the belief in and relationship to a God who orders the universe. Thus, this book argues that when we read the Joseph novella alongside contemporary trauma novels, we see a story written by people trying to reconstruct their assumptive world after the shattering of their old one, highlighting the significance of the religious dimension in trauma theory.

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Caralie Cooke, Ph.D. (2020), Emory University, is a Religion Instructor at Cranbrook Schools. She has published several articles on the Bible and trauma and the Bible and queer theory.
 2 Aspects of Defining Trauma

3 Context of the Joseph Novella
 1 Context of the Joseph Story: Babylonian Exile and Loss of the Assumptive World
 2 Interpreting the Context of Contemporary Trauma Novels
 3 Disjunctions between Contemporary Trauma Novels and the Joseph Novella
 4 Reverberations of Trauma
 5 Silence of Trauma
 6 Rewriting What It Means to Be the People of God

4 Characterization in the Joseph Novella
 1 Self-Protection and Self-Legitimation
 2 Persistent Rumination
 3 Fractured Views of Self
 4 Limited Healing

5 Place in the Joseph Novella
 1 Place in the Joseph Novella

6 Symbolism in the Joseph Novella
 1 Narration
 2 Survival
 3 Death
 4 Dreams

Readership for this book mainly includes libraries, specialists, and students interested in approaches to the Bible and trauma, the Bible and psychology, or the Bible and comparative literature.
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