Post-9/11 Historical Fiction and Alternate History Fiction

Transnational and Multidirectional Memory

Authors: Liao, Pei-chen

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  • Highlights the evolving relationship between memory, identity, and violence in a transnational age
  • Provides an overview of the boom in American historical fiction and alternate history fiction
  • Takes a decentered approach to studying post-9/11 fiction through the lens of ethnic minority groups
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Drawing on theories of historiography, memory, and diaspora, as well as from existing genre studies, this book explores why contemporary writers are so fascinated with history. Pei-chen Liao considers how fiction contributes to the making and remaking of the transnational history of the U.S. by thinking beyond and before 9/11, investigating how the dynamics of memory, as well as the emergent present, influences readers’ reception of historical fiction and alternate history fiction and their interpretation of the past. Set against the historical backdrop of WWII, the Vietnam War, and the War on Terror, the novels under discussion tell Jewish, Japanese, white American, African, Muslim, and Native Americans’ stories of trauma and survival. As a means to transmit memories of past events, these novels demonstrate how multidirectional memory can be not only collective but connective, as exemplified by the echoes that post-9/11 readers hear between different histories of violence that the novels chronicle, as well as between the past and the present.


About the authors

Pei-chen Liao is Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, and the winner of the 2017 FAOS Innovative Young Scholar Award. Her publications include‘Post’-9/11 South Asian Diasporic Fiction (2013) and articles in Life WritingReview of English and American Literature, EurAmerica, and several other journals.

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“This book adds a new dimension to the study of the writing of 9/11 and, more generally, to our understanding of the connections between literature and trauma, memory and crisis. It is likely to become required reading for anyone interested in what happened on and after 11 September, 2001 as well as what has been remembered, imagined and written in response. It is, quite simply, a breakthrough in its field.” (Richard Gray, Fellow of the British Academy, UK, and author of After the Fall: American Literatures Since 9/11 (2011))

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Beyond and Before 9/11: A Transnational and Historical Turn

    Pages 1-19

    Liao, Pei-chen

  • “The Second Coming”: The Resurgence of the Historical Novel and American Alternate History

    Pages 21-49

    Liao, Pei-chen

  • “America First”: Perpetual Fear, Memory, and Everyday Life in Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America

    Pages 51-79

    Liao, Pei-chen

  • Neo-Internment Narratives: Post-9/11, Cross-racial, and Intergenerational Memories

    Pages 81-114

    Liao, Pei-chen

  • “Walking a Tightrope”: Nostalgia, American Innocence, and Exceptionalism in Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin

    Pages 115-152

    Liao, Pei-chen

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Post-9/11 Historical Fiction and Alternate History Fiction
Book Subtitle
Transnational and Multidirectional Memory
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-52492-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-52492-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-52491-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 203
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