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Amnesia and Redress in Contemporary American Fiction: Counterhistory - American Literature Readings in the 21st Century (Hardback)
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Amnesia and Redress in Contemporary American Fiction: Counterhistory - American Literature Readings in the 21st Century (Hardback)

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Hardback 253 Pages / Published: 03/10/2011
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This book shows how a political and cultural dynamic of amnesia and truth telling shapes literary constructions of history. Gauthier focuses on the works of Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, Michelle Cliff, Bharati Mukherjee, and Julie Otsuka.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230115774
Number of pages: 253
Weight: 465 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm


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"An original and valuable contribution to our thinking about history and narrative and the important current debate about the survival and continuing viability of a postmodern aesthetic. Truth is no longer, we feel, something for jesting Pilate to wash his hands of. Nor can it be allowed to disappear into the rarefied vacuum of poststructuralist ideas about language and referentiality. Gauthier's analyses repeatedly open the eyes of her readers to features not noticed before, to fresh interpretive angles, and to the cultural work of these contemporary historical novels - their truth telling, their revising nationalist histories and mythologies, their (re)making national mythic history, their speaking truth to power. " - David Cowart, Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Humanities, University of South Carolina

"At once erudite and passionate, Gauthier s book meticulously carves out a space for an emergent genre of historical fiction that, unlike historiographic metafiction, articulates a politics of truth telling. Mixing primary-source research with attentive close readings, she persuasively demonstrates how a wide range of contemporary authors aim to recover and redress forgetfulness about an array of historical traumas. In so doing, she offers a powerful new paradigm for transamerican studies." - Mark Osteen, professor of English,

Loyola University Maryland and author of American Magic and Dread: Don DeLillo's Dialogue with Culture

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