The Emergent Self: A Psychosocial Study of Identity, Memory, and Trauma in The Kite Runner

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Abstract

This study aims at examining the impact of trauma from a psycho-social perspective, with a specific focus on the issues of psychological violence leading to social oppression, identity formation, and disenfranchisement of characters in Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner. The purpose of the psychosocial approach is to "express the recognition that there is always a close, ongoing circular interaction between an individual's psychological state and his or her social environment" (Agger 2001:307). Most of the research catering the "Afghan" problem has been from the political viewpoint, with little or no insight into psycho-social perspective dealing with identity, ethnicity, memory and gender.Since trauma is rooted in individual as well as collective forms of identity, it may affect the process of both collective and personal identity formation. This research will explore the common themes of trauma and suffering with respect to episodes of fear and violence in the book.

Authors

1-Rabea Tahir Abbas
Tutor/Instructor, Department of English, Virtual University of Pakistan, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

2-Imran Ali
Head of Department, Department of English, Virtual University of Pakistan, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

3-Aleena Rasheed
Tutor/Instructor, Department of English, Virtual University of Pakistan, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

Keywords

Memory, Trauma, Psychological Violence, Identity

DOI Number

10.31703/glr.2021(VI-IV).12


Page Nos

126 – 135

Volume & Issue

VI - IV

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Published: 12 2021

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