Reflections on Joan Didion's the year of magical thinking

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 2009 Number 67

Reflections on Joan Didion's the year of magical thinking
Roger Luckhurst pages -


Considers Joan Didion’s memoir of bereavement, The Year of Magical Thinking, within the context of the contemporary boom in trauma memoir, and traces the ‘secret history of cognitions’ that Didion’s account references, in which extreme mental states are associated with the magical and numinous, back to the beginnings of dynamic psychiatry in the early nineteenth century, as the underside of rationalist modernity.

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