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Master of Arts in English (M.A.)
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Thesis (open access)
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Department of Literature
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This thesis reconsiders C.S.Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia as a type of scriptotherapy that enabled Lewis to process and come to terms with a life full of serious and significant traumatic events. Trauma theory offers a vehicle for us to consider the alignments and connections between Lewis himself and his fictional creation, Caspian. In the specifics of both characterization and incident, Lewis mirrors the events and relationships that instilled and healed the trauma in his own life. In situating Caspian as his alter-ego, Lewis allowed his writing to function as a gender-specific therapeutic process for addressing the effects of his traumatic past.
Hanton, Chandler, "The Tragedy of Caspian: C. S. Lewis and His Trauma" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2363.
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Children's and Young Adult Literature Commons, Literature in English, British Isles Commons, Psychiatric and Mental Health Commons