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Rethinking Race And Identity In Contemporary British Fiction

Author : Sara Upstone
ISBN : 9781317914808
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book takes a post-racial approach to the representation of race in contemporary British fiction, re-imagining studies of race and British literature away from concerns with specific racial groups towards a more sophisticated analysis of the contribution of a broad, post-racial British writing. Examining the work of writers from a wide range of diverse racial backgrounds, the book illustrates how contemporary British fiction, rather than merely reflecting social norms, is making a radical contribution towards the possible future of a positively multi-ethnic and post-racial Britain. This is developed by a strategic use of the realist form, which becomes a utopian device as it provides readers with a reality beyond current circumstances, yet one which is rooted within an identifiable world. Speaking to the specific contexts of British cultural politics, and directly connecting with contemporary debates surrounding race and identity in Britain, the author engages with a wide range of both mainstream and neglected authors, including Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith, Julian Barnes, John Lanchester, Alan Hollinghurst, Martin Amis, Jon McGregor, Andrea Levy, Bernardine Evaristo, Hanif Kureishi, Kazuo Ishiguro, Hari Kunzru, Nadeem Aslam, Meera Syal, Jackie Kay, Maggie Gee, and Neil Gaiman. This cutting-edge volume explores how contemporary fiction is at the centre of re-thinking how we engage with the question of race in twenty-first-century Britain.

Maximalism In Contemporary American Literature

Author : Nick Levey
ISBN : 9781317205029
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book begins a new and foundational discussion of maximalism by investigating how the treatment of detail in contemporary literature impels readers to navigate, tolerate, and enrich the cultural landscape of postindustrial America. It studies the maximalist novels of David Foster Wallace, Nicholson Baker, Thomas Pynchon, and others, considering how overly-detailed writing serves the institutional, emotional, and intellectual needs of contemporary readers and writers. The book argues that maximalist novels not only exceed perceived limits of style, subject matter, and scope, but strive to remake the usefulness of books in contemporary culture, refreshing the act of reading. Levey shows that while these novels are preoccupied with detail and description, they are relatively unconcerned with the traditional goals of representation. Instead, they use detail to communicate particular values and fantasies of intelligence, enthusiasm, and ability attached to the management of complex and excessive information. Whether reinvigorating the banal and trivial in mainstream culture, or soothing anxieties of human insufficiency in the age of automation and the internet, these texts model significant abilities, rather than just objects of significance, and encourage readers to develop habits of reading that complement the demands of an increasingly detailed culture. Drawing upon a diverse range of theoretical schools and cultural texts, including Thing Theory, Marxism, New Formalism, playlists, blogs, and archival manuscripts, the book proposes a new understanding of maximalist writing and a new way of approaching the usefulness of literary objects in contemporary culture.

The Cultural Politics Of Chick Lit

Author : Heike Missler
ISBN : 9781317235316
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Chick lit is the marketing label attributed to a surge of books published in the wake of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary (1996) and Candace Bushnell's Sex and the City (1997). Branded by their pink or pastel-coloured book covers, chick-lit novels have been a highly successful and ubiquitous product of women's popular culture since the late 1990s. This study traces the evolution of chick lit not only as a genre of popular fiction, but as a cultural phenomenon. It complicates the genealogy of the texts by situating them firmly in the context of age-old debates about female literary creation, and by highlighting the dynamics of the popular-fiction market. Offering a convincing dissection of the formula which lies at the heart of chick lit, as well as in-depth analyses of a number of chick-lit titles ranging from classic to more recent and edgier texts, this book yields new insights into a relatively young field of academic study. Its close readings provide astute assessments of chick lit's notoriously skewed representational politics, especially with regard to sexuality and ethnicity, which feed into current discussions about postfeminism. Moreover, the study makes a unique contribution to the scholarly debate of chick lit by including an analysis of the (online) fan communities the genre has fostered. The Cultural Politics of Chick Lit weaves a sound methodological network, drawing on reader-response criticism; feminist, gender, and queer theory; affect studies; and whiteness studies. This book is an accessible and engaging study for anyone interested in postfeminism and popular culture.

Poetry Against The World

Author : Magdalena Kay
ISBN : 9781351002561
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Poetry Against the World: Philip Larkin and Charles Tomlinson in Contemporary Britain brings together two major poets, who espouse opposite aesthetic ambitions, yet are both taken as paragons of Englishness, in order to ask how they pitch their poetry against an inhospitable world. This book explores how these two representative poets seek to redress an "age of demolition" through their poetry, and how their audiences react to the types of redress they propose.

Identity And Form In Contemporary Literature

Author : Ana María Sánchez-Arce
ISBN : 9781136758003
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This ambitious and wide-ranging essay collection analyses how identity and form intersect in twentieth- and twenty-first century literature. It revises and deconstructs the binary oppositions identity-form, content-form and body-mind through discussions of the role of the author in the interpretation of literary texts, the ways in which writers bypass or embrace identity politics and the function of identity and the body in form. Essays tackle these issues from a number of positions, including identity categories such as (dis)ability, gender, race and sexuality, as well as questioning these categories themselves. Essayists look at both identity as form and form as identity. Although identity and form are both staples of current research on contemporary literature, they rarely meet in the way this collection allows. Authors studied include Beryl Bainbridge, Samuel Beckett, John Berryman, Brigid Brophy, Angela Carter, J.M. Coetzee, Anne Enright, William Faulkner, Mark Haddon, Ted Hughes, Kazuo Ishiguro, B.S. Johnson, A.L. Kennedy, Toby Litt, Hilary Mantel, Andrea Levy, Robert Lowell, Ian McEwan, Flannery O’Connor, Alice Oswald, Sylvia Plath, Jeremy Reed, Anne Sexton, Edith Sitwell, Wallace Stevens, Jeremy Reed, Jeanette Winterson and Virginia Woolf. The book engages with key theoretical approaches to twentieth- and twenty-first century literature of the last twenty years while at the same time advancing new frameworks that enable readers to reconsider the identity and form conundrum. In both its choice of texts and diverse approaches, it will be of interest to those working on English and American Literatures, gender studies, queer studies, disability studies, postcolonial literature, and literature and philosophy.

Des Fremden Kind

Author : Alan Hollinghurst
ISBN : 9783641076085
Genre : Fiction
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Im Sommer 1913 verbringt der junge aristokratische Dichter Cecil Valance ein Wochenende bei der Familie seines Cambridge-Kommilitonen George Sawle. Besonders Georges kleine Schwester Daphne ist sofort von dem gut aussehenden Gentleman eingenommen, und Cecil widmet ihr ein Gedicht. Es wird zum lyrischen Symbol einer ganzen Generation. Nach Cecils Tod im Ersten Weltkrieg ranken sich immer neue Mythen und Geheimnisse um die Person und das Werk des Dichters. Cecils Leser und sogar seine Familie stehen vor einem Rätsel. In den folgenden Jahrzehnten werden nicht nur Daphne und George, sondern vor allem Cecils literarischer Nachlass von Öffentlichkeit, Biografen und Wissenschaft instrumentalisiert – entsprechend der jeweiligen literarischen und kulturellen Mode der Zeit. Doch dann macht sich ein junger Literaturfreund daran, Cecils Geheimnis zu lüften, und ein Antiquar macht eine überraschende Entdeckung ... Ein sinfonischer Roman um eine schillernde und geheimnisvolle Figur – brillant erzählt in sinnenfreudigen Bildern und kommentiert mit ironischem Witz.

Der Weite Raum Der Zeit

Author : Jeanette Winterson
ISBN : 9783641161453
Genre : Fiction
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Blinde Eifersucht und zerstörerischer Zorn – doch die Zeit heilt alle Wunden Der Londoner Investmentbanker Leo verdächtigt seine schwangere Frau MiMi, ihn mit seinem Jugendfreund Xeno zu betrügen. In rasender Eifersucht und blind gegenüber allen gegenteiligen Beweisen verstößt er MiMi und seine neugeborene Tochter Perdita. Durch einen glücklichen Zufall findet der Barpianist Shep das Baby und nimmt es mit nach Hause. Jahre später verliebt sich das Mädchen in einen jungen Mann – Xenos einzigen Sohn. Zusammen machen sie sich auf, das Rätsel ihrer Herkunft zu lösen und alte Wunden zu heilen, damit der Bann der Vergangenheit endlich gebrochen wird. Jeanette Winterson spielt souverän mit Figuren und Handlung aus Shakespeares "Das Wintermärchen" und erzählt eine verblüffend moderne Geschichte über rasende Eifersucht, blinden Selbsthass und die tiefe Sehnsucht in uns, die Fehler der Vergangenheit wieder gut zu machen.

Scham Und Schande

Author : Salman Rushdie
ISBN : 9783641232719
Genre : Fiction
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Eine fesselnde und erstaunliche Geschichte, die mit jedem Tag aktueller wird »Scham und Schande« ist ein vor Fantasie schäumendes Märchen über ein ungenanntes Land, das »nicht ganz Pakistan« ist, und der Roman, der für Salman Rushdies modernen Klassiker »Die satanischen Verse« den Weg bereitete. In dieser grandiosen Geschichte über ein fortwährendes Duell zwischen den Familien zweier Männer – der eine ein gefeierter Kriegsführer, der andere ein hemmungsloser Liebhaber des Vergnügens – schildert Rushdie brillant eine Welt, die zwischen Ehre und Demütigung gefangen ist.

Der Boden Unter Ihren F En

Author : Salman Rushdie
ISBN : 9783641131579
Genre : Fiction
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Bombay, Ende der 1950er Jahre: Der junge Gitarrist und Komponist Ormus Cama trifft auf die wilde und lebenshungrige Sängerin Vina Apsara. Für beide ist es Liebe auf den ersten Blick, und doch finden sie erst Jahre später zueinander. Fortan ist ihre Liebe ein ständiges Auf und Ab, geprägt von Trennung, Versöhnung, Affären - die Vinas anderer Liebhaber, der Fotograf Rai, kommentiert und erzählt. Ormus lässt die Sehnsucht nach Vina in seine Musik fließen, in Lieder, die die Sängerin und ihn zu weltweit gefeierten Ikonen des Musikbusiness machen. Und so ist ihre außergewöhnliche Liebesgeschichte gleichzeitig eine Geschichte der Popkultur, die von den Swinging Sixties in London bis zum Sex, Drugs & Rock‘n‘Roll im New York der späten Siebziger über Jahrzehnte hinweg erzählt.

Bodies Sex And Desire From The Renaissance To The Present

Author : Kate Fisher
ISBN : 9780230354128
Genre : History
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An examination of how bodies and sexualities have been constructed, categorised, represented, diagnosed, experienced and subverted from the fifteenth to the early twenty-first century. It draws attention to continuities in thinking about bodies and sex: concept may have changed, but hey nevertheless draw on older ideas and language.

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