AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 2, Number 3. August   2018                          Pp. 110 -119

The Ironic-Romantic Hero in Frazier’s Cold Mountain and Roth’s Nemesis

Department of English
LECUCRA Research Laboratory, Faculty of Letters, Social and Human Sciences
Badji Mokhtar-Annaba University, Algeria


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The present research discusses postmodernism’s subversion of the notion of romance, particularly the romantic hero figure. It puts forward irony as the vehicle for shifting the traditional stature of the hero, and his successful errand towards the anti-hero as the apotheosis of doom and failure. The paper suggests history’s force of abruptness as undeniable in the unsuccessful quest of the hero through the shattering historical events Charles Frazier (1950-) and Philip Roth (1933-) create in their modern novels, Cold Mountain (1997) and Nemesis (2010). It furthermore gets in-depth within the romantic psyche of both heroes to get across that their ‘consciousness’ is, in fact, mythical and not historical. Absence of historical consciousness in these characters, it is explained, participates considerably in the collapse which gets them eventually. Even the pastoral round which their aspiration hovers becomes a site for death and paralysis instead of the rejuvenation they sought after passionately. The larger canvas is then that of strife between romance and history, dream and reality drawn by the postmodern spirit inclination towards the double and the upturned.

Cite as:

Rahmouni, S. (2018). The Ironic-Romantic Hero in Frazier’s Cold Mountain and Roth’s Nemesis. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies, 2 (3).


Souad Rahmouni is assistant professor in the Department of English, at Badji Mokhtar-Annaba
University, Algeria. She got her Masters’ degree from Yarmouk University in Jordan with a very
good accreditation. She is currently a doctoral candidate and a researcher at LECUCRA
Research Laboratory.ID ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0003-2773-084X