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All Stories Are True: History, Myth, and Trauma in the Work of John Edgar Wideman (Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies)

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In All Stories Are True, Tracie Church Guzzio provides the first full-length study of John Edgar Wideman's entire oeuvre to date. Specifically, Guzzio examines the ways in which Wideman (b. 1941) engages with three crucial themes--history, myth, and trauma--throughout his career, showing how they intertwine. Guzzio argues that, for four decades, the influential African American writer has endeavored to create a version of the African American experience that runs counter to mainstream interpretations, using history and myth to confront and then heal the trauma caused by slavery and racism.

Wideman's work intentionally blurs boundaries between fiction and autobiography, myth and history, particularly as that history relates to African American experience in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The fusion of fiction, national history, and Wideman's personal life is characteristic of his style, which--due to its complexity and smudging of genre distinctions--has presented analytic difficulties for literary scholars. Despite winning the PEN/Faulkner award twice, for Sent for You Yesterday (1984) and Philadelphia Fire (1990), Wideman remains understudied.

Of particular value is Guzzio's analysis of the many ways in which Wideman alludes to his previous works. This intertextuality allows Wideman to engage his books in direct, intentional dialogue with each other through repeated characters, images, folktales, and songs. In Wideman's challenging of a monolithic view of history and presenting alternative perspectives to it, and his allowing past, present, and future time to remain fluid in the narratives, Guzzio finds an author firm in his notion that all stories and all perspectives have merit.

Synopsis:

A mapping of the whole Wideman universe from novels to short stories to nonfiction

About the Author

Tracie Church Guzzio, Plattsburgh, New York, is associate professor of English at State University of New York, Plattsburgh. Her work has appeared in such edited anthologies as American Writers, Contemporary African American Novelists, and The Reader's Companion to the American Short Story.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781617038334
Author:
Guzzio, Tracie Church
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
African-American & Black
Subject:
Literary criticism
Subject:
African American Studies
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
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Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
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