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American Literature Readings in the 21st Century

Amnesia and Redress in Contemporary American Fiction

Counterhistory

Authors: Gauthier, M.

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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.

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MARNI GAUTHIER Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York College at Cortland, USA.

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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


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Prologue

    Gauthier, Marni

    Pages 1-14

  • Introduction: Contemporary Historical Fiction and a Politics of Truth

    Gauthier, Marni

    Pages 15-40

  • “The Downfall of the Empire and the Emergence of Detergents”: Underhistory in Don DeLillo’s Historical Novels

    Gauthier, Marni

    Pages 41-67

  • The Other Side of Paradise: Toni Morrison’s (Un)Making of Mythic History

    Gauthier, Marni

    Pages 69-93

  • A Politics of Truth and the Transnational Comm(unity) of Abolitionists: Michelle Cliff’s Free Enterprise

    Gauthier, Marni

    Pages 95-118

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Amnesia and Redress in Contemporary American Fiction
Book Subtitle
Counterhistory
Authors
Series Title
American Literature Readings in the 21st Century
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Marni Gauthier
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-33782-4
DOI
10.1057/9780230337824
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11577-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29682-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 253
Topics