Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Wordsworth's “The Prelude”: An autobiographical journey through trauma
by Mehlinger, Judith L., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 191; 1507690
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis argues that William Wordsworth, due to a series of traumatic events experienced throughout his life, may have suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Wordsworth developed coping strategies which included the use of memory-retrieval techniques similar to some treatments for PTSD. These techniques resulted in the composition of the "spots of time" episodes in his autobiographical poem, The Prelude, which describe some of the traumatic events he experienced. The French Revolution was a pivotal event and perhaps the central trauma of his life. The Prelude was published posthumously in 1850, having been repeatedly revised throughout his life, arguably a further indication of fixation related to his traumatic past.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lau, Beth
Commitee:
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Biographies, British and Irish literature
Keywords: Wordsworth, William
Publication Number: 1507690
ISBN: 978-1-267-18204-3
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