Repression and Realism in Post-War American Literature by E. MercerRepression and Realism in Post-War American Literature by E. Mercer

Repression and Realism in Post-War American Literature

byE. Mercer

Hardcover | April 28, 2011

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Despite the devastation of combat in WWII, the Holocaust, and the atomic bomb, the fiction produced in America in the decade following resolutely avoided the events and their implications.  Repression and Realism in Postwar American Literature challenges popular notions regarding the ability of fantasy genres to force a confrontation with repressed horror by exploring the ways realist literature became a subversive site of reified taboo in America following World War II.

Erin Mercer is a Lecturer in the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. She has published essays on New Zealand literary nationalism, genre theory, and the gothic, and is currently co-authoring a book on the uneasy relationship between New Zealand’s fiction and genre forms.
Title:Repression and Realism in Post-War American LiteratureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:258 pagesPublished:April 28, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230111661

ISBN - 13:9780230111660


Editorial Reviews

“This book is ambitious in the scope of its argument, supported by careful reading in the appropriate critical theory, interpretively strong, and written with clarity and authority. The argument is convincing; the readings are exact; the knowledge behind the work is extensive; the conclusion is eloquent. Critical intelligence and careful research are everywhere on display. Mercer moves from the literary to the historical, psychoanalytical and social, and from literary to popular fiction with assurance, making an original contribution to familiar literary terrain.”--Mark Williams, Associate Professor, Victoria University of Wellington“Repression and Realism in Post-War American Literature is a substantial, well organized, and lucidly written contribution to the field of early post-war American literature and culture. Its argument that unconscious conflict generated by the World War II is most accurately perceived in the realist novel and not, as has been more commonly claimed, in post-war popular culture is original, insightful and convincingly supported.”--Eluned Summers-Bremner, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland“Reading post-war American literature through the lens of the Freudian ‘uncanny,’ Repression and Realism in Post-War American Literature intriguingly and persuasively demonstrates how the period’s most representative realist texts are haunted by the gothic memories of World War II. Thanks to Mercer’s fresh and unique viewpoint, this book makes one of the most effective contributions to problematizing the long-standing binary oppositions between realism and gothicism and between psychoanalysis and contextual criticism.”--Ki Yoon Jang, Assistant Professor of English, Sogang University