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Reading behind the lines – Postmemory in contemporary British war fiction - Manchester Scholarship Online
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Reading behind the lines: Postmemory in contemporary British war fiction

Natasha Alden


This study applies the concept of postmemory, developed in Holocaust studies, to novels by contemporary British writers. The first monograph-length study of postmemory in British fiction, it focuses on a group of texts about the World Wars. Building upon current work on historical fiction, specifically historiographical metafiction and memory studies, this work extends this field by exploring the ways in which the use of historical research within fiction illuminates the ways in which we remember and recreate the past. Using the framework of postmemory to consider the evolutionary development ... More

Keywords: Postmemory, memory, historical fiction, world wars, queer fiction, contemporary fiction, historiographic metafiction

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719088933
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088933.001.0001


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Natasha Alden, author

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