Contemporary American Trauma Narratives

Contemporary American Trauma Narratives

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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.In short, Swofford (along with Turnipseed and Williams, if not the other writers discussed in this chapter) is in a liminal position, part of the violence-perpetrating organisation, but also victimised and exploited by it, as the opening boot campanbsp;...

Title:Contemporary American Trauma Narratives
Author:Alan Gibbs
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press - 2014-06-30


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