Marika Brooks is an MA candidate in Ryerson’s Literatures of Modernity Program (2015-2016). She also holds a BA Honours in English from York University (2011-2014). Under the supervision of Dr. Irene Gammel, Marika’s Major Research Paper explores “Configuring Wound Culture in 21st Century Fiction: Tom McCarthy’s Remainder and Ali Smith’s Hotel World.” Drawing on relevant trauma theories, the paper expands on the concept of wound culture in 21st century fiction and examines how the "wound culture" that exists around social experiences of loss in contemporary society spectacularizes traumatic events. She is particularly interested in the resulting melancholic turn in Western society's response to various traumata: a tendency to fixate on experiences of loss and an inability to properly mourn the lost “loved object.” Marika’s spare time is devoted to blogging and writing poetry and short fiction. Her creative work has been featured in Sewer Lid Magazine, Swept Media, and No Extra Words.
MA Major Research Paper
Brooks, Marika. “Configuring Wound Culture in 21st Century Fiction: Tom McCarthy’s Remainder and Ali Smith’s Hotel World.” Literatures of Modernity Program and Yeates School of Graduate Studies. Ryerson University, July 2016.