Trauma, agoraphobia, Lacapra, Urquhart, A Map of Glass
A Map of Glass, written by Jane Urquhart, is one of the postcolonial novels that is filled with notions of love, loss and memories. However, it presents one of the main characters struggling with a psychological condition which prevented her from living normal for a long term of her life. This study focuses on this topic in the novel and sheds light on the reasons behind the character's trauma, the consequences of the trauma and whether she managed to convalesce from such trauma and restore her life back. This study applies with Dominick LaCapra's concepts Acting out and Working through in explaining her condition of trauma. Additionally, it provides further knowledge about the lives of traumatized people, the difficulties they face and their ongoing struggles with life in order to gain more understanding of the horrors of trauma since most people are ignorant about these issues. This study traces the process that the character went through to free herself and overcome her condition.