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New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature

Amnesia and the Nation

History, Forgetting, and James Joyce

Authors: Cheng, Vincent J.

  • Provides a timely and wide-ranging approach to Joyce through discussions of memory studies, cultural trauma, and history
  • Connects Joyce to a larger cultural context including the historical memory of William III and the history of racism in the American South
  • Challenges the negative notions of forgetting in order to explore the historical memory within the works of James Joyce
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About this book

This book examines the relationships between memory, history, and national identity through an interdisciplinary analysis of James Joyce’s works—as well as of literary texts by Kundera, Ford, Fitzgerald, and Walker Percy.  Drawing on thinkers such as Nietzsche, Marx, Freud, Luria, Anderson, and Yerushalmi, this study explores the burden of the past and the “nightmare of history” in Ireland and in the American South—from the Battle of the Boyne to the Good Friday Agreement, from the Civil War to the 2015 Mother Emanuel killings.

 

About the authors

Vincent J. Cheng is Shirley Sutton Thomas Professor of English at the University of Utah, USA.  He is the author of many scholarly articles and books, including Inauthentic: The Anxiety Over Culture and Identity; Joyce, Race, and Empire; and Shakespeare and Joyce.  His work addresses the intersections of postcolonial studies, race studies, twentieth-century literature, and contemporary culture. 

 

Reviews

“Anything published by Cheng will rouse the interest of Joyce scholars and Irish Studies scholars…and this book will not disappoint….It could be assigned in public school history courses across the South. The writing itself is masterful, always scholarly yet always accessible even to a non-expert reader.” (Joe Kelly, Professor in the Department of English, College of Charleston, USA, author of Our Joyce)

“Vincent J. Cheng skillfully weaves together the dynamic of remembering and forgetting with literature. Most surprising in this finely executed work is the connection he draws between the history of the Irish with the history of race… in the United States. Cheng brings fresh insights to our knowledge of Irish literature and American race relations.” (Viet Thanh Nguyen, Aerol Arnold Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, USA, author of The Sympathizer (Pulitzer Prize, 2016) and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War)

“Vincent Cheng offers a remarkably detailed and sophisticated study of the ‘desirability or usefulness of forgetting’…. His discussions are infused with a wealth of research and criticism, all presented in accessible formulations and clear prose that make this work a pleasure to read.”(Margot Norris, Chancellor’s Professor, Emerita, University of California, Irvine, USA, author of Virgin and Veteran Readings of “Ulysses” and other studies)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Memory, Forgetting, and the Imagination

    Cheng, Vincent J.

    Pages 1-12

  • The Nightmare of History and the Burden of the Past

    Cheng, Vincent J.

    Pages 13-42

  • The Will to Forget: Nation and Forgetting in Ulysses

    Cheng, Vincent J.

    Pages 43-66

  • The Memory of the Past: National Memory and Commemoration

    Cheng, Vincent J.

    Pages 67-92

  • Joyce, Ireland, and the American South: Whiteness, Blackness, and Lost Causes

    Cheng, Vincent J.

    Pages 93-117

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71818-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71817-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Amnesia and the Nation
Book Subtitle
History, Forgetting, and James Joyce
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71818-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71818-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71817-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 162
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
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