Mary Gaitskill's 'The Dentist'
This essay applies trauma theory and relational psychoanalysis to a close reading of Mary Gaitskill's short story "The Dentist." It argues that the sadomasochistic relationship central to this story, and to much of Gaitskill's fiction, is rooted in trauma and can be illuminated by an understanding of the post-traumatic condition.
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Schapiro, B. (1987). Trauma and Sadomasochistic Narrative: Mary Gaitskill’s ‘The Dentist’. Mosaic, 38(2), 1987.