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Gill Rye and Michael Worton

‘witnessing’ texts, by both men and women, bringing into the literary domain, for example, the accounts of Holocaust survivors and AIDS victims.32 ‘Traumatic experience’ can be understood more widely, however, to include the loss – the death – of loved ones, abuse (physical, mental or sexual), terminal illness, exile and experience of collective tragedies: wars, terrorist attacks, major accidents, natural disasters.33 Indeed, the currency of the term has led Hal Foster to identify a general tendency in contemporary culture ‘to redefine experience, individual and historical

in Women’s writing in contemporary France