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Author Gibbs, Alan, 1968- author.

Title Contemporary American trauma narratives / Alan Gibbs.

Publication Info. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2014]

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Description 1 online resource (vii, 269 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 248-263) and index.
Summary Alan Gibbs examines the way American writers present the effects of trauma in their work. Trauma has become an important and influential paradigm for reading contemporary American literature. Too often, however, criticism has adopted narrow models of trauma, resulting in increasingly formulaic and clichéd interpretations. This study understands trauma on a wider basis than Freudian psychoanalysis, incorporating theories drawn from fields including narratology, in order to analyse devices characteristically employed by writers in order to represent and, often, to mimic the effects of trauma.
Contents Title page; Imprint; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Twentieth-Century Trauma Narratives: Some Paradigmatic Texts; 2 Traumatic Metafiction and Ontological Crisis; 3 9/11, Collective Trauma, and Postmodernist Responses; 4 Gulf War Memoirs and Perpetrator Trauma; 5 It Could Happen Here: Trauma and Contemporary American Counterfactuals; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
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Subject American fiction -- 21st century -- History and criticism.
Psychology in literature.
Psychic trauma in literature.
Chronological Term 2000 - 2099
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Other Form: Print version: Gibbs, Alan, 1968- author. Contemporary American trauma narratives 9780748641147 (OCoLC)885281353
ISBN 9780748694082 (electronic bk.)
0748694080 (electronic bk.)
9780748694099 (epub)