Introduction: On the Meanings of 'American Reality'

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Title: Introduction: On the Meanings of 'American Reality'
Authors: Resano, Dolores
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Date: 24-Aug-2022
Online since: 2022-09-21T14:26:08Z
Abstract: This 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.’
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Start page: 1
End page: 35
Series/Report no.: American Literature Readings in the 21st Century book series
Copyright (published version): 2022 The Author
Keywords: Post-truth era"Trump fiction"Literary nationalism
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-73858-7_1
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Resano, D., (eds.). American Literature in the Era of Trumpism Alternative Realities
ISBN: 978-3-030-73857-0
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Appears in Collections:English, Drama & Film Research Collection
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