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

Amnesia And Redress In Contemporary American Fiction: Counterhistory

byM. Gauthier

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The December 2006 Iran Holocaust Denial Conference and the following international excoriation of it reveal a paradox of two cultural strands that are emblematic of the legacy of the twentieth century:  official denial and historical amnesia on the one hand; and public, cooperative attempts at truth telling and redress on the other.  Amnesia and Redress in Contemporary American Fiction shows how this dynamic of amnesia and truth telling shapes literary constructions of history. Focusing on works by Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, Michelle Cliff, Bharati Mukherjee, and Julie Otsuka, Marni Gauthier identifies a new form of the historical novel that, arising from this distinct climate, articulates a politics of truth. 

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Marni Gauthier is an associate professor of English at the State University of New York College at Cortland. Her work has been published in African American Review, Modern Fiction Studies, English Language Notes, and in the Nevada Humanities Committee Halcyon Series.
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Title:Amnesia And Redress In Contemporary American Fiction: CounterhistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:266 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:October 3, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230115772

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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