Trauma and World Literature: Crimes of the Father by Thomas Keneally
In Crimes of the Father
, Thomas Keneally, a former seminarian and author of Booker Prize-winning Shindler’s List
, takes on the history of widespread sexual abuse in the Catholic Church as it began to be revealed in the 1990s. In Keneally’s 2016 novel, as in Pat Barker’s Regeneration Trilogy
about World War I, trauma and its effects are shown from many perspectives, including that of the mental health professionals of the time.