Trauma, sexuality, and identity in The Lover by Marguerite Duras and Burning Grass on The Field by Doan Minh Phuong

Authors

  • Tinh Vy Tran*
  • Duc Lam Thao Nguyen

Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between sexuality and trauma in two works, The Lover by Marguerite Duras and Burning Grass on The Field (Dot co ngay dong, in Vietnamese) by Doan Minh Phuong. Using trauma studies as a critical perspective to compare the two works, we focus on the relationship between sexuality and trauma, analyse the construction of identity of traumatized characters, and clarify the role of sexuality in such a process. Juxtaposing a newly released Vietnamese literary work, Burning Grass on The Field next to the well-known novel The Lover is also expected to reveal more meaning for the seemingly asymmetrical works. This can be seen as our effort to blur the division between the so-called classics and the other, contributing partly to decolonizing human literature.

Keywords:

Dot co ngay dong (in Vietnamese), sexuality, The Lover, trauma, trauma studies

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.31276/VMOSTJOSSH.65(2).117-128

Classification number

9.2

Author Biographies

Tinh Vy Tran

University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City, 10-12 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Duc Lam Thao Nguyen

University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City, 10-12 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Published

2023-08-20

Received 6 March 2023; revised 6 April 2023; accepted 5 May 2023

How to Cite

Tinh Vy Tran, & Duc Lam Thao Nguyen. (2023). Trauma, sexuality, and identity in The Lover by Marguerite Duras and Burning Grass on The Field by Doan Minh Phuong. The VMOST Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 65(2), 117-128. https://doi.org/10.31276/VMOSTJOSSH.65(2).117-128

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Section

Linguistics and Literature