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All Stories Are True – History, Myth, and Trauma in the Work of John Edgar Wideman - University Press of Mississippi
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All Stories Are True: History, Myth, and Trauma in the Work of John Edgar Wideman

Tracie Church Guzzio


This book provides a full-length study of John Edgar Wideman’s entire oeuvre to date. Specifically, it examines the ways in which Wideman engages with three crucial themes—history, myth, and trauma—throughout his career, showing how they intertwine. The book 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 ... More

Keywords: John Edgar Wideman, myth, trauma, African American, slavery, racism, autobiography, Pittsburgh, national history, PEN/Faulkner award

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781617030048
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617030048.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tracie Church Guzzio, author