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Sin Sick: Moral Injury in War and Literature

Joshua Pederson


This book draws on the latest research about identifying and treating the pain of perpetration to advance and deploy a literary theory of moral injury that addresses fictional representations of the mental anguish of those who have injured or killed others. The book foregrounds moral injury, a recent psychological concept distinct from trauma that is used to describe the psychic wounds suffered by those who breach their own deeply held ethical principles. Complementing writings on trauma theory that posit the textual manifestation of trauma as absence, the book argues that moral injury appears ... More

Keywords: perpetration, moral injury, trauma theory, ethical principles, crime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501755873
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501755873.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Pederson, author
Boston University