Introduction: On the Meanings of 'American Reality'

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dc.contributor.authorResano, Dolores- The Authoren_US
dc.description.abstractThis chapter begins by considering the dominant affective state that came into being after the election of Trump in 2016, namely shock and disbelief, and contextualizes it through two opposed yet complementary impulses. First, it illustrates how political and cultural derealization was actively promoted by Trump himself and his administration, to then consider the liberal biases that were already implicit in the widespread perception that reality was collapsing. In the context of the emergence of two and seemingly irreconcilable American realities, ever more polarized along partisan lines, the literary world felt compelled to respond and did so publicly. This chapter considers various initiatives but focuses in particular on the insights provided by writers Aleksandar Hemon, Jan Clausen, and Viet Thanh Nguyen, who denounced the exceptionalist rhetoric that was often employed and called for a more engaged and less self-deluded American literature. It then proceeds to map the emerging corpus of ‘Trump fiction’ and existing scholarly studies, and argues that the analyses offered in American Literature in the Era of Trumpism contribute not only to the continued understanding of the landscape of American literature after 2016, but also to the long-standing scholarly tradition of decentering the notion of ‘America.’en_US
dc.publisherPalgrave Macmillanen_US
dc.relation.ispartofResano, D., (eds.). American Literature in the Era of Trumpism Alternative Realitiesen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesAmerican Literature Readings in the 21st Century book seriesen_US
dc.subjectPost-truth eraen_US
dc.subject"Trump fiction"en_US
dc.subjectLiterary nationalismen_US
dc.titleIntroduction: On the Meanings of 'American Reality'en_US
dc.typeBook Chapteren_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
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