Memory Frictions in Contemporary Literature

  • María Jesús Martínez-Alfaro
  • Silvia Pellicer-Ortín

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Experimentation and Genre: Formal Memory Frictions

  3. Collective Tensions and the Politics of Remembrance

  4. The Haunting Presence of the Holocaust: Multidirectional, Transgenerational and Memorial Struggles

  5. Mapping Memories, Spatial F(r)ictions and Troubled Identities

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 283-294

About this book


This volume explores the multifarious representational strategies used by contemporary writers to textualise memory and its friction areas through literary practices. By focusing on contemporary narratives in English from 1990 to the present, the essays in the collection delve into both the treatment of memory in literature and the view of literature as a medium of memory, paying special attention to major controversies attending the representation and (re)construction of individual, cultural and collective memories in the literary narratives published during the last few decades. By analysing texts written by authors of such diverse origins as Great Britain, South-Korea, the USA, Cuba, Australia, India, as well as Native-American Indian and African-American writers, the contributors to the collection analyse a good range of memory frictions —in connection with melancholic mourning, immigration, diaspora, genocide, perpetrator guilt, dialogic witnessing, memorialisation practices, inherited traumatic memories, sexual abuse, prostitution, etc.— through the recourse to various disciplines —such as psychoanalysis, ethics, (bio)politics, space theories, postcolonial studies, narratology, gender studies—, resulting in a book that is expected to make a ground-breaking contribution to a field whose possibilities have yet to be fully explored.


Memory Studies Empathy Trauma Narrative form Toni Morrison Memory in contemporary literature

Editors and affiliations

  • María Jesús Martínez-Alfaro
    • 1
  • Silvia Pellicer-Ortín
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento Filología InglesaUniversity of Zaragoza ZaragozaSpain
  2. 2.Departamento Filología InglesaUniversity of Zaragoza ZaragozaSpain

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