Trevor Dodman

English Professor Publishes Book on WWI Shell Shock

Trevor Dodman, associate professor of English, recently published a book about shell shock during and following World War I.

“Shell Shock, Memory, and the Novel in the Wake of World War I” explores British and American shell shock novels in the company of diverse texts from the World War I era, including medical studies, hospital records, regimental histories, trench newspapers, mass media accounts, battlefield guidebooks and physical memorial spaces.

Dodman said the book argues that World War I novels serve as an untapped source of information about shell shock, and it renews the present understanding of the condition by exploring the nexus of shell shock and practices of commemoration. Shell shock novelists testify to the tenaciousness and complexity of the disorder, write survivors into visibility and articulate the immediacy of wounds that remain to be seen. It aims to help readers understand more fully the extent to which shell shock continues to shape and trouble modern memories of World War I.

Dodman teaches Hood College courses exploring British literature of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. His additional teaching areas of interest include transatlantic modernism, the novel, war literature, genocide studies and composition.

“I am drawn to new historicist and cultural studies methodologies, as well as critical theorizing about the development and circulation of gender, race and class constructions,” he said. “In published articles I explore issues related to trauma, violence, masculinity and collective memory.”

Before arriving at Hood College in the fall 2009, he taught for two years in the English department at Wake Forest University. He also taught ESL in Japan for a year and a half, and he earned his doctorate from Boston College.

Watch a video interview with Dodman below.

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