Of “Half-Rembered Dream[s]” and “Unanswered Myster[ies]”—The Trope of Trauma in Inception and Alan Wake

Stefan Brasse


By means of their own genre-specific techniques, the movie Inception and the video game Alan Wake incarnate the same concept—that of trauma. While the origin of a trauma is generally agreed upon among trauma theorists, the issue of representation is widely debated. It is the aim of this paper to investigate the representation of traumas across media, to compare the results and thus shed some light on the question of whether trauma can only be psychologically categorized or if it even has become a significant societal trope.


Inception; Alan Wake; Trauma; Trope; Différance; Postmodernism

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