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Against amnesia : contemporary women writers and the crises of historical memory

Author: Nancy J Peterson
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2001.
Series: Penn studies in contemporary American fiction.
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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  Read more...
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Named Person: Irena Klepfisz; Louise Erdrich; Toni Morrison; Joy Kogawa; Irena Klepfisz; Louise Erdrich; Toni Morrison; Joy Kogawa; Irena Klepfisz; Joy Kogawa; Louise Erdrich; Toni Morrison
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy J Peterson
ISBN: 0812235940 9780812235944
OCLC Number: 45066096
Description: viii, 242 p. ; 23 cm.
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.
Series Title: Penn studies in contemporary American fiction.
Responsibility: Nancy J. Peterson.

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