1st Edition

The Wounded Hero in Contemporary Fiction A Paradoxical Quest

Edited By Susana Onega, Jean-Michel Ganteau Copyright 2018
    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.



    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



    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.

    "A remarkably insightful volume which puts the ethics of fiction to the test of literary form. Turning its gaze on the grammar of genre, mode and characterization, it eschews generalization to pay attention to the conflicted legacy of the figure of the hero/heroine and to understand its lasting, if complex, agency." -- Catherine Bernard, Paris Diderot University