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Dr Layla Alammar

Former Research Student

Research overview

My research extends and problematises paradigmatic arguments within the intersection of literary trauma theory and Arab women’s fiction by focusing on these narratives as archival sites of traumatic memory. In addition, it disrupts the propensity, within postcolonial and trauma studies, to focus on the past and future while neglecting a present that is the product of the former and may preclude the latter. My contribution re-orients this focus, dissecting the past while remaining fully grounded in the present and eschewing what I see as naive, and largely empty, redemptive promises for the future.

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The Pact We Made (Borough Press 2019)

Silence is a Sense (Borough Press / Algonquin Books 2021)

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