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Against amnesia : contemporary women writers and the crises of historical memory / Nancy J. Peterson.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: PS153.M56 P48 2001

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    "In Against Amnesia, Nancy J. Peterson addresses the ongoing postmodernist debate over the possibility and relevance of documentary and official histories. Drawing on Adrienne Rich's claim that women's literature and multicultural literature vigorously resist the amnesio and nostalgia that characterize mainstream North American culture, Perterson examines the struggles toward collective memory in a wealth of contemporary women's writing." "Peterson's in-depth analyses of selected works by Louise Erdich, Toni Morrison, Irena Klepfisz, Joy Kogawo, and other contemporary women writers illustrate the ways in which these authors recover and represent the historical memories attached to their racial/ethnic backgrounds. Their works probe traumatic moments in the marginalized histories of minority peoples, including Native American genocide and dispossession; African American slavery, migration, and displacement; the Holocaust; and the internment of people of Japanese ancestry during World War II. Peterson contends that these writers employ literary strategies that call attention to the gaps and silences of official histories. At the same time, these literary strategies allow the authors to narrate resonant counterhistories. Rejecting the playfully imaginative treatment of history found in typical postmodern novels, these contemporary women writers seek to reconstruct historical narratives in their texts and thereby reinvigorate historical memory in contemporary American culture."--BOOK JACKET.
    Series
    Penn studies in contemporary American fiction
    Penn studies in contemporary American fiction.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Peterson, Nancy J.
    Published
    Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2001
    Locale
    United States
    Contents
    History as wound
    "Haunted America": Louise Erdrich and Native American history
    Toni Morrison and the desire for a "genuine Black history book"
    Remembering Holocaust history
    Joy Kogawa and the peculiar "logic" of internment.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (p. [221]-233) and index.
    History as wound -- "Haunted America": Louise Erdrich and Native American history -- Toni Morrison and the desire for a "genuine Black history book" -- Remembering Holocaust history -- Joy Kogawa and the peculiar "logic" of internment.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    0812235940
    9780812235944 (cloth : alk. paper)
    Physical Description
    viii, 242 p. ; 23 cm.

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