Contemporary American Trauma Narratives

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These are American writers' depiction of trauma and its after-effects, post 9/11. Trauma has become an important and influential paradigm in, and for reading, contemporary American literature, and yet conventional critical interpretations of this phenomenon can be formulaic and cliched. Alan Gibbs breaks away from these conventional, heavily psychoanalytic, ways of understanding trauma. He brings in theories from narratology to unpick the specific devices writers employ in order to represent or even to mimic the effects of trauma. He looks at the impact of narratives with the perpetrator as protagonist, the so-called 'perpetrator narratives', their characteristics, and their impact. He examines other narrative devices and innovations, and he groups his discussion around events such as 9/11, the Iraq War and reactions to the Bush administration. It includes in-depth discussion of Mark Danielewski, Art Spiegelman, Jonathan Safran Foer, Don DeLillo, Anthony Swofford, Evan Wright, Louise Erdrich, Paul Auster, Philip Roth and Michael Chabon. It offers a new perspective on the fictionalisation of trauma in recent American writing.

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This book looks at the way writers present the effects of trauma in their work. It explores narrative devices, such as 'metafiction', as well as events in contemporary America, including 9/11, the Iraq War, and reactions to the Bush administration. Contemporary American authors who are discussed in depth include Carol Shields, Toni Morrison, Tim O'Brien, Mark Danielewski, Art Spiegelman, Jonathan Safran Foer, Anthony Swofford, Evan Wright, Paul Auster, Philip Roth, and Michael Chabon. Contemporary American Trauma Narratives offers a timely and dissenting intervention into debates about American writers' depiction of trauma and its after-effects.

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