Trauma, Gender and Ethics in the Works of E.L. Doctorow

1st Edition

María Ferrández San Miguel

February 17, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 200 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367236274 - CAT# K422623
Series: Routledge Research in American Literature and Culture


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This project approaches four of E. L. Doctorow’s novels—Welcome to Hard Times (1960), The Book of Daniel (1971), Ragtime (1975), and City of God (2000)—from the perspectives of feminist criticism and trauma theory. The study springs from the assumption that Doctorow’s literary project is eminently ethical and has an underlying social and political scope. This crops up through the novels’ overriding concern with injustice and their engagement with the representation of human suffering in a variety of forms. The book puts forward the claim that E.L. Doctorow’s literary project—through its representation of psychological trauma and its attitude towards gender—may be understood as a call to action against both each individual’s indifference and the wider social and political structures and ideologies that justify and/or facilitate the injustices and oppression to which those who are situated at the margins of contemporary US society are subjected.

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