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«We Search the Past … for Our Own Lost Selves.»

Representations of Historical Experience in Recent American Fiction

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Marta Koval

The book is a study of the most recent American fiction, published at the turn of the 21th century, which demonstrates a renewed interest in the matters of history. Using the concepts of memory and experience, the author points at the ways in which subjective history has been created in the new «novel about history», written by such authors as William Gass, Richard Powers, Marilynne Robinson, Nicholson Baker, Aleksandar Hemon, and Jeffrey Eugenides. Theoretically, the study has been inspired by the works of Aleida Assmann, Hayden White, Reinhart Koselleck, Frank Ankersmit, and Dominick LaCapra.

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contemporary American literature and its theoretical contexts. The book is a study of the most recent American fiction, published at the turn of the 21th century, which demonstrates a renewed interest in the mat- ters of history. Using the concepts of memory and experience, the author points at the ways in which subjective history has been created in the new “novel about history,“ written by such authors as William Gass, Richard Powers, Marilynne Robinson, Nicholson Baker, Aleksandar Hemon, and Jeffrey Eugenides. Theoretically, the study has been inspired by the works of Aleida Assmann, Hayden White, Reinhart Koselleck, Frank Ankersmit, and Dominick LaCapra. www.peterlang.de ISBN 978-3-631-62610-8 Gdańsk Transatlantic Studies in British and North American Culture Edited by Marek Wilczyński GTS 03-262610_Koval_VH_A5HCk PLE.indd 1 21.12.12 12:15:13 Uhr „We Search the Past …for Our Own Lost Selves.“ Gdańsk Transatlantic Studies in British and North American Culture Edited by Marek Wilczyński Volume 3 Marta Koval „We Search the Past … for Our Own Lost Selves.“ Representations of Historical Experience in Recent American Fiction Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de. Cover Design: © Olaf Gloeckler, Atelier Platen, Friedberg This Publication was financially supported by the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Gdańsk ISSN 2192-6018 ISBN 978-3-631-62610-8 (Print) ISBN 978-3-653-02708-2 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-02708-2 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013...

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