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Contemporary American Trauma Narratives

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ISBN-10: 0748694072

ISBN-13: 9780748694075

Edition: 2014

Authors: Alan Gibbs

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Trauma has become an important and influential paradigm for reading contemporary American literature. Conventional critical models of the phenomenon however often result in formulaic and clichéd interpretations. This book breaks away from understanding trauma defined solely and narrowly according to psychoanalytic theories. Instead, it incorporates theories drawn from other fields, such as narratology, in order to analyse specific devices characteristically employed by writers in order to represent and, often, to mimic the effects of trauma. The author also focuses on important issues ignored or underplayed by conventional theoretical understandings of trauma, such as the characteristics and effects of perpetrator narratives. The book is grouped around narrative devices and innovations, such as the metafictional inscription of the narrator into the text, and around important thematic concerns such as 9/11, the Iraq War, and reactions to the Bush administration.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 7/30/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.51" wide x 8.39" long x 0.91" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Alan Gibbs is Lecturer in English (American) Literature at University College Cork. He has published over a dozen journal articles on subjects including Roth and Steinbeck, was the guest editor for a 115-page special edition of 'The Journal of the Short Story in English' devoted to the work of Henry Roth, and is the author of Henry Roth's Mercy of a Rude Stream (1994-98): The Second Career of an American Novelist (Mellen Press 2008).