Contemporary American Trauma Narratives
Alan Gibbs’s Contemporary American Trauma Narratives published June 2014.
Exploring representations of 9/11 and the Iraq War in contemporary American fiction, Alan Gibbs’s Contemporary American Trauma Narratives will be published by Edinburgh University Press on 30th June 2014. Gibbs skewers the staple literary devices of contemporary American trauma narratives, which have now become clichés. He argues that once-radical and experimental forms such as metafiction have become a new orthodoxy, constricting the writing of traumatic experience that they once seemed to liberate. A welcome and controversial addition to the field of trauma studies, Gibbs’s book will be of interest to all scholars of twenty-first century American fiction.