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Title History and the Contemporary Novel
Author David Cowart
Publisher SIU Press
Release Date 1989
Category Fiction
Total Pages 245
ISBN 0809314797
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Cowart presents a study of international historical fiction since World War II, with reflections on the affinities between historical and fictional narrative, analysis of the basic modes of historical fiction, and readings of a number of historical novels, including John Barth’s The Sot-Weed Factor, Marguerite Yourcenar’s Memoirs of Hadrian, Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa’s The Leopard, D. M. Thomas’s The White Hotel, William Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses, and Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose. He proposes recognizing four modes of the historical novel: the past as a "distant mirror" of the present, fictions whose authors seek to pinpoint the precise historical moment when the modern age or some prominent feature of it came into existence, fictions whose authors aspire purely or largely to historical verisimilitude, and fictions whose authors reverse history to contemplate utopia and dystopia in the future. Thus, historical fiction can be organized under the rubrics: The Distant Mirror; The Turning Point; The Way It Was; and The Way It Will Be. This fourfold schema and his focus on postwar novels set Cowart’s work apart from previous studies, which have not devoted adequate space to the contemporary historical novel. Cowart argues that postwar historical fiction merits more extensive treatment because it is the product of an age unique in the annals of history—an age in which history itself may end.

Title The Contemporary Novel and the City
Author S. Khanna
Publisher Springer
Release Date 2013-10-03
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 229
ISBN 9781137336255
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book examines the deeply divided terrain of the twentieth century city and its formative impact on narrative fiction. It focuses on two major 'world authors' at the two ends of the twentieth century who write, systematically, about the colonial and postcolonial cities they were born in: James Joyce and Dublin, and Salman Rushdie and Bombay.

Title Postmodernism and the Contemporary Novel
Author Bran Nicol
Publisher Literary Studies (Edinburgh Ha
Release Date 2002
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 495
ISBN UOM:39015063675865
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is the first book to collect the most important contributions to the theory of the postmodern novel over the last forty years and to guide readers through the complex questions and wide-ranging debates. The selections in this book will enable readers to place the theory of postmodern fiction in a broader intellectual and cultural context.

Title The Poetics of Genre in the Contemporary Novel
Author Tim Lanzendörfer
Publisher Lexington Books
Release Date 2015-11-19
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 310
ISBN 9781498517294
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Poetics of Genre in the Contemporary Novel investigates the role of genre in the contemporary novel: taking its departure from the observation that numerous contemporary novelists make use of popular genre influences in what are still widely considered to be literary novels, it sketches the uses, the work, and the value of genre. It suggests the value of a critical look at texts’ genre use for an analysis of the contemporary moment. From this, it develops a broader perspective, suggesting the value of genre criticism and taking into view traditional genres such as the bildungsroman and the metafictional novel as well as the kinds of amalgamated forms which have recently come to prominence. In essays discussing a wide range of authors from Steven Hall to Bret Easton Ellis to Colson Whitehead, the contributors to the volume develop their own readings of genre’s work and valence in the contemporary novel.

Title Climate Change and the Contemporary Novel
Author Adeline Johns-Putra
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2019-04-30
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 280
ISBN 9781108427371
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Analysing how contemporary fiction explores climate change, Johns-Putra argues that literature can help us understand our obligations to the future.

Title Precarious Labour and the Contemporary Novel
Author Liam Connell
Publisher Palgrave MacMillan
Release Date 2018-08-22
Category
Total Pages 258
ISBN 3319876740
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book is a major study of the presentation of work and workers in contemporary novels from India, North America and the UK. Drawing on lively recent theories about work, it shows how the novel is a crucial form for helping us to understand what work means in contemporary society. It tackles some of the most urgent questions of contemporary life by examining the stories about work that novels produce. Including detailed readings of authors such as Douglas Coupland, David Foster Wallace, Joshua Ferris, Arivand Adiga, Chetan Bhagat and Monica Ali it explores how the presentation of fictional characters lays open the experience of insecure and precarious existence in the contemporary era. This study illustrates that novels provide an essential tool for understanding what work is and how we feel when we do it.

Title the Contemporary Novel in German
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1967
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9203456XXXX
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Born Translated by Rebecca L. Walkowitz

Title Born Translated
Author Rebecca L. Walkowitz
Publisher Literature Now
Release Date 2017-08
Category Fiction
Total Pages 336
ISBN 0231165951
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A new understanding of the novel's cultural and political significance in the age of the global audience.

Title Imagination and the Contemporary Novel
Author John J. Su
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2011-05-26
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9781139497541
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Imagination and the Contemporary Novel examines the global preoccupation with the imagination among literary authors with ties to former colonies of the British Empire since the 1960s. John Su draws on a wide range of authors including Peter Ackroyd, Monica Ali, Julian Barnes, André Brink, J. M. Coetzee, John Fowles, Amitav Ghosh, Nadine Gordimer, Hanif Kureishi, Salman Rushdie and Zadie Smith. This study rehabilitates the category of imagination in order to understand a broad range of contemporary Anglophone literature. The responses of such literature to shifts in global capitalism have often been misunderstood by the dominant categories of literary studies, the postmodern and the postcolonial. As both an insightful critique into the themes that drive a range of today's best novelists and a bold restatement of what the imagination is and what it means for contemporary culture, this book breaks new ground in the study of twenty-first-century literature.

The Contemporary Novel In German by University of Texas at Austin. Department of Germanic Languages

Title The Contemporary Novel in German
Author University of Texas at Austin. Department of Germanic Languages
Publisher Austin : Published for the Department of Germanic Languages of the University of Texas by the University of Texas Press
Release Date 1967
Category German fiction
Total Pages 141
ISBN UOM:39015010457342
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Multiple Narratives Versions and Truth in the Contemporary Novel
Author Nicholas Frangipane
Publisher Springer Nature
Release Date 2019-10-22
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 122
ISBN 9783030321932
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Multiple Narratives, Versions and Truth in the Contemporary Novel considers the shifting perception of truth in fiction. Nicholas Frangipane examines the narrative technique of telling multiple versions of the same sets of events, presenting both true and false versions of the events within a fictional work. This book looks closely at these “Reflexive Double Narratives” in order to understand the way many contemporary writers have attempted to work past postmodernism without forgetting its lessons. Frangipane explores how writers like Ian McEwan, Yann Martel and Alice Munro have departed from the radical experimentation of their predecessors and instead make sincere attempts to find ways that fictional writing can reveal enduring truths, and in so doing, redefine the meaning of “truth” itself and signal the emergence of post-postmodernism.

The Contemporary Novel by Irving Adelman

Title The Contemporary Novel
Author Irving Adelman
Publisher Metuchen, N.J : Scarecrow Press
Release Date 1972
Category Reference
Total Pages 614
ISBN UOM:39015034618929
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A reference guide to critical writings on the works of significant American and British novelists

This Thing Called The World by Debjani Ganguly

Title This Thing Called the World
Author Debjani Ganguly
Publisher Duke University Press
Release Date 2016-07-22
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 312
ISBN 9780822374244
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In This Thing Called the World Debjani Ganguly theorizes the contemporary global novel and the social and historical conditions that shaped it. Ganguly contends that global literature coalesced into its current form in 1989, an event marked by the convergence of three major trends: the consolidation of the information age, the arrival of a perpetual state of global war, and the expanding focus on humanitarianism. Ganguly analyzes a trove of novels from authors including Salman Rushdie, Don DeLillo, Michael Ondaatje, and Art Spiegelman, who address wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka, the Palestinian and Kashmiri crises, the Rwandan genocide, and post9/11 terrorism. These novels exist in a context in which suffering's presence in everyday life is mediated through digital images and where authors integrate visual forms into their storytelling. In showing how the evolution of the contemporary global novel is analogous to the European novel’s emergence in the eighteenth century, when society and the development of capitalism faced similar monumental ruptures, Ganguly provides both a theory of the contemporary moment and a reminder of the novel's power.

Biofictions by Josie Gill

Title Biofictions
Author Josie Gill
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date 2020-02-20
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 208
ISBN 9781350099852
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this important interdisciplinary study, Josie Gill explores how the contemporary novel has drawn upon, and intervened in, debates about race in late 20th and 21st century genetic science. Reading works by leading contemporary writers including Zadie Smith, Kazuo Ishiguro, Octavia Butler and Colson Whitehead, Biofictions demonstrates how ideas of race are produced at the intersection of science and fiction, which together create the stories about identity, racism, ancestry and kinship which characterize our understanding of race today. By highlighting the role of narrative in the formation of racial ideas in science, this book calls into question the apparent anti-racism of contemporary genetics, which functions narratively, rather than factually or objectively, within the racialized contexts in which it is embedded. In so doing, Biofictions compels us to rethink the long-asked question of whether race is a biological fact or a fiction, calling instead for a new understanding of the relationship between race, science and fiction.

The Contemporary Novel by Timothy Bewes

Title The Contemporary Novel
Author Timothy Bewes
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2012
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 182
ISBN 082236767X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This special issue argues that our cultural moment marks a point of crisis and transition in the history of the novel. Discussing mostly twenty-first-century writers, including Michael Chabon, Vikram Chandra, Don DeLillo, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jonathan Franzen, David Lodge, Ian McEwan, Michael Ondaatje, and Orhan Pamuk, the contributors interrogate and revise our ideas of contemporaneity and how it can be studied. Their essays consider how novelists adapt to a global economy in which traditionally local forms of community no longer define human experience. They also examine the emergence of neurology and neuropsychology as popular discourses that have displaced the novel from its centrality as the supreme analyst of the mind. Contributors attempt to address the exasperation of literary critics disenchanted with many dominant reading practices, such as approaching fiction via reader experiences of “affect” and “trauma” or relying on staid period categories like postmodernism. Offering a way forward, this special issue emphasizes a new critical awareness of the singular qualities of the novel, a form whose truths may not be (and may never have been) translatable to other cognitive, scientific, or political vocabularies. In 2012 individual and student subscriptions to Novel will be available exclusively through membership in the newly formed Society for Novel Studies. Committed to furthering the study of the novel and to examining the role of fiction in engaging, formulating, and shaping the world, the society will hold a biennial conference. Contributors: Timothy Bewes, Thom Dancer, Andrew Gaedtke, Erdag Goknar, Nathan Hensley, Naomi Mandel, Theodore Martin, Clemens Spahr, Aarthi Vadde Timothy Bewes is Professor of English at Brown University.

Contemporary Fiction by Jago Morrison

Title Contemporary Fiction
Author Jago Morrison
Publisher Psychology Press
Release Date 2003
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 255
ISBN 0415194555
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Because of its enormous diversity, the field of contemporary fiction studies can appear complex and confusing. This book enables readers to navigate the subject by introducing the key areas of debate and offers in-depth discussions of the most significanttexts by nine contemporary fiction writers.

Title Beckett and the Modern Novel
Author John Bolin
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2013
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 214
ISBN 9781107029842
Language English, Spanish, and French
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John Bolin challenges the notion that Beckett's fiction is best understood through philosophical or Anglo-Irish literary contexts.

Waiting For The End by Earl G. Ingersoll

Title Waiting for the End
Author Earl G. Ingersoll
Publisher Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
Release Date 2007
Category Fiction
Total Pages 286
ISBN 0838641539
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Waiting for the End examines two dozen contemporary novels within the context of a half century of theorizing about the function of ending in narrative. That theorizing about ending generated a powerful dynamic a quarter-century ago with the advent of feminist criticism of masculinist readings of the role played by ending in fiction. Feminists such as Theresa de Lauretis in 1984 and more famously Susan Winnett in her 1991 PMLA essay, Coming Unstrung, were leading voices in a swelling chorus of theorist pointing out the masculinist bias of ending in narrative. With the entry of feminist readings of ending, it became inevitable that criticism of fiction would become gendered through the recognition of difference transcending a simple binary of female/male to establish a spectrum of masculine to feminine endings, regardless of the sex of the writer. Accordingly, Waiting for the End examines pairs of novels - one pair by Margaret Atwood and one by Ian McEwan - to demonstrate how a writer can offer endings at either end of the gender spectrum.

Unmaking Love by Ashley T. Shelden

Title Unmaking Love
Author Ashley T. Shelden
Publisher Columbia University Press
Release Date 2017-01-10
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 208
ISBN 9780231543156
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The contemporary novel does more than revise our conception of love—it explodes it, queers it, and makes it unrecognizable. Rather than providing union, connection, and completion, love in contemporary fiction destroys the possibility of unity, harbors negativity, and foregrounds difference. Comparing contemporary and modernist depictions of love to delineate critical continuities and innovations, Unmaking Love locates queerness in the novelistic strategies of Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith, Hanif Kureshi, Alan Hollinghurst, and Hari Kunzru. In their work, "queer love" becomes more than shorthand for sexual identity. It comes to embody thwarted expectations, disarticulated organization, and unnerving multiplicity. In queer love, social forms are deformed, affective bonds do not bind, and social structures threaten to come undone. Unmaking Love draws on psychoanalysis and gender and sexuality studies to read love's role in contemporary literature and its relation to queer negativity.

Modernist Survivors by Morton Levitt

Title Modernist Survivors
Author Morton Levitt
Publisher Columbus : Ohio State University Press
Release Date 1987
Category Fiction
Total Pages 297
ISBN UOM:39015012196161
Language English, Spanish, and French
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