Amnesia And Redress In Contemporary American Fiction: Counterhistory by M. GauthierAmnesia And Redress In Contemporary American Fiction: Counterhistory by M. Gauthier

Amnesia And Redress In Contemporary American Fiction: Counterhistory

byM. Gauthier

Hardcover | October 3, 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.
MARNI GAUTHIER Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York College at Cortland, USA.
Title:Amnesia And Redress In Contemporary American Fiction: CounterhistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:253 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.82 inPublished:October 3, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230115772

ISBN - 13:9780230115774


Table of Contents

Contemporary Historical Fiction and a Politics of Truth 'The Downfall of the Empire and the Emergence of Detergents': Underhistory in Don DeLillo's Historical Novels The Other Side of Paradise: Toni Morrison's (Un)Making of Mythic History A Politics of Truth and the Transnational Comm(unity) of Abolitionists: Michelle Cliff's Free Enterprise Transnational Empire and its Exuberant (dis)Contents: Bharati Mukherjee's Holder of the World Truth-Telling Fiction in a Post-9/11 World: Don DeLillo's Falling Man and Julie Otsuka's When the Emperor Was Divine Looking Back is Looking Forward: The Torture Debate and the Cultural Work of Truth-Telling Historical Fiction in the 21st Century

Editorial Reviews

“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