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Undressing the Ghost: Embodying Bereavement Trauma in Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris

As in many ghost stories, the spectres which haunt Stanislaw Lem’s science fiction novel Solaris are birthed from trauma and loss. However, unlike traditionally non-corporeal spectres, the visitors that haunt Solaris possess a frightening physicality; a physicality closely tied to the workings of trauma theory. As such, this paper argues that these figuresare physical embodiments …