Elly Danica's Don't: A Woman's World and Storytelling on YouTube: Trauma Narratives and Victim's Identity
Navarro Costa, Laia
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The aim of this thesis is to draw a comparison between a literary piece and a YouTube video to see how the identity of a victim is constructed in different types of media. With this purpose in mind, I am going to analyze Don’t: A Woman’s World, an autobiographical novel written by Elly Danica in 1988, and a YouTube video titled “Sexually Abused by Father at Age 14” published by Nioka Smith in 2018. This comparative study consists of a mixed analysis in which linguistic, narrative and literary features are considered to depict how trauma narratives construct a victim’s identity. The findings aspire to bring insight into how traumatic experiences are depicted in different formats, bearing in mind both cultural and media restrictions. Moreover, through a feminist lens, this thesis pretends to see how females use these cathartic writings to empower themselves and vindicate their rights despite the implications that may come with it.
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