"Going All to Pieces": A Farewell to Arms as Trauma Narrative
Reads Henry’s retelling of his past trauma as a form of “prosthetic thinking,” attempting to make whole his now fragmented body and consciousness. Asserts that Henry’s shell shock, though never explicitly mentioned, causes dissociation with his body, present reality, and emotional awareness, ultimately leading to his inability to control and articulate his present even as he attempts to reconcile it with the past. Significantly revised version published as “No Separate Peace: A Farewell to Arms as Trauma Narrative” in Shell Shock, Memory, and the Novel in the Wake of World War I, 83-110. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Dodman, Trevor. “‘Going All to Pieces’: A Farewell to Arms as Trauma Narrative.” Twentieth-Century Literature 52, no. 3 (Fall 2006): 249-74.