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21st Century US Historical Fiction

Contemporary Responses to the Past

Editors: Maxey, Ruth (Ed.)

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  • Eschews heavily researched, older novels and focuses on very recent work from contemporary writers
  • Looks at an emerging canon of contemporary historical fiction by an ethno-racially diverse range of key American writers
  • Interrogates notions of genre and periodization, as well as such theoretical terms as “post-postmodernism”
  • Examines both canonical writers (Roth, Oates, Doctorow) and under-researched ones (Nguyen, Faye, Means, Hannah, Smith) exhibiting a unique range of researchers and material 
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This new collection examines important US historical fiction published since 2000. Exploring historical novels by established American writers such as Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates, E.L. Doctorow, Chang-rae Lee, James McBride, Susan Choi, and George Saunders, the book also includes chapters on first-time novelists. Individual essays in 21st Century US Historical Fiction: Contemporary Responses to the Past tackle prominent and provocative new novels, for example, recent Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction by Anthony Doerr, Viet Thanh Nguyen and Colson Whitehead. Interrogating such key themes as war, race, sexuality, trauma and childhood; notions of genre and periodization; and recent theorizations of historical fiction, scholars from the United States, Canada, Britain and Ireland analyze an emerging canon of contemporary historical fiction by an ethno-racially diverse range of major American writers.

About the authors

Ruth Maxey is Associate Professor in Modern American Literature at the University of Nottingham, UK. She is the author of South Asian Atlantic Literature, 1970-2010 (2012) and Understanding Bharati Mukherjee (2019) and co-editor of India at 70: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (2019).

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • US Historical Fiction Since 2000

    Pages 1-14

    Maxey, Ruth

  • Folklore, Fakelore, and the History of the Dream: James McBride’s Song Yet Sung

    Pages 17-32

    Newman, Judie

  • To “Refract Time”: The Magical History of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

    Pages 33-52

    Docherty, Michael

  • Growing Up Too Quickly: The Cultural Construction of Children in Lyndsay Faye’s Gods of Gotham Trilogy

    Pages 53-72

    Peacock, James

  • “Everyone, We Are Dead!”: (Hi)story and Power in George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo

    Pages 73-91

    Hayes-Brady, Clare

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
21st Century US Historical Fiction
Book Subtitle
Contemporary Responses to the Past
Editors
  • Ruth Maxey
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
978-3-030-41897-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-41897-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-41896-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 275
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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