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A Paradoxical Quest





ISBN 9781138584129
Published April 11, 2018 by Routledge
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The Wounded Hero in Contemporary Fiction tracks the emergence of a new type of physically and/or spiritually wounded hero(ine) in contemporary fiction. Editors, Susana Onega and Jean-Michel Ganteu bring together some of the top minds in the field to explore the paradoxical lives of these heroes that have embraced, rather than overcome, their suffering, alienation and marginalisation as a form of self-definition.

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments



Introduction



Jean-Michel Ganteau and Susana Onega



Part I



Vulnerability and Self-Quest



1 Learning to Love: The Paradoxical Life Quests of the Male Protagonists in Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time



Susana Onega



2 The Eclipse of Heroism and the Outing of Plural Masculinities in Alan Hollinghurst’s The Stranger’s Child



Georges Letissier



3 Espousing the Wound: Dispossession as Practice in Jon McGregor’s So Many Ways to Begin



Jean-Michel Ganteau



Part II



Vulnerability and Self-Definition



4 "Am I Still Alice?": The Quest for "a Sense of Self" and Alzheimer’s Disease in Lisa Genova’s Still Alice



Chiara Battisti



5 Anita Brookner’s Wounded Heroine



Eileen Williams-Wanquet



6 Wounded Characters and Vulnerable Lives and Places in Ian McEwan’s Saturday



Rosario Arias



Part III



Masochism and Loss of Affect



7 Willed Wounds: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Masochism in A. L. Kennedy’s Fiction



Maria Grazia Nicolosi



8 The Masochistic Self Quest of the Harassed Hero in Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life



Merve Sarıkaya-Şen



9 Reading through the Body: The Damaged Mind in Tom McCarthy’s Remainder



Renate Brosch



Part IV



Vulnerability and Biopolitics



10 "Caring, Dwelling, Being: The Phenomenology of Vulnerability in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go"



Laura Colombino



11 Wounded Subjects and Vulnerable Nature in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland



Angelo Monaco



12 Barely Alive: Rewriting Sacrificial Passion in Coetzee’s Life and Times of Michael K



Pascale Tollance





Notes on Contributors



Index

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Editor(s)

Biography

Susana Onega is Professor of English at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). She is the author of books on William Faulkner, John Fowles, Peter Ackroyd, and Jeanette Winterson. She has also written numerous articles and book chapters on these and other writers and has edited or co-edited volumes on contemporary fiction, narrative theory, ethics and trauma.



Jean-Michel Ganteau is Professor of English Literature at the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 (France). He is the author of two monographs (on David Lodge and Peter Ackroyd) and of The Ethics and Aesthetics of Vulnerability in Contemporary British Literature (2015). He has written numerous articles and book chapters and has (co-)edited volumes on contemporary fiction, ethics and trauma, and vulnerability.