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The Ethics and Aesthetics of Vulnerability in Contemporary British Fiction.

By: Ganteau, Jean-Michel.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature: Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2015Copyright date: ©2015Description: 1 online resource (190 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781317447573.Subject(s): Aesthetics in literature | British literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism | English fiction -- 21st century -- History and criticism | Ethics in literature | Vulnerability (Personality trait) in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Vulnerability in Contemporary British FictionDDC classification: 823.91409353 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 1 Romance Strategies -- 2 Elegy -- 3 Ghost Texts -- 4 State of the Nation -- Conclusion -- Index.
Summary: This book visits vulnerability in contemporary British fiction, considering vulnerability in its relation to poetics, politics, ethics, and trauma. Vulnerability and risk have become central issues in contemporary culture, and artistic productions have increasingly made it their responsibility to evoke various types of vulnerabilities, from individual fragilities to economic and political forms of precariousness and dispossession. Informed by trauma studies and the ethics of literature, this book addresses such issues by focusing on the literary evocations of vulnerability and analyzing various aspects of vulnerable form as represented and performed in British narratives, from contemporary classics by Peter Ackroyd, Pat Barker, Anne Enright, Ian McEwan, and Jeanette Winterson, to less canonical texts by Nina Allan, Jon McGregor, and N. Royle. Chapters on romance, elegy, the ghost story, and the state-of-the-nation novel draw on a variety of theoretical approaches from the fields of trauma studies, affect theory, the ethics of alterity, the ethics of care, and the ethics of vulnerability, among others. Showcasing how the contemporary novel is the privileged site of the expression and performance of vulnerability and vulnerable form, the volume broaches a poetics of vulnerability based on categories such as testimony, loss, unknowing, temporal disarray, and performance. On top of providing a book-length evocation of contemporary fictions of vulnerability and vulnerable form, this volume contributes significantly to considerations of the importance of Trauma Studies to Contemporary Literature.
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Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 1 Romance Strategies -- 2 Elegy -- 3 Ghost Texts -- 4 State of the Nation -- Conclusion -- Index.

This book visits vulnerability in contemporary British fiction, considering vulnerability in its relation to poetics, politics, ethics, and trauma. Vulnerability and risk have become central issues in contemporary culture, and artistic productions have increasingly made it their responsibility to evoke various types of vulnerabilities, from individual fragilities to economic and political forms of precariousness and dispossession. Informed by trauma studies and the ethics of literature, this book addresses such issues by focusing on the literary evocations of vulnerability and analyzing various aspects of vulnerable form as represented and performed in British narratives, from contemporary classics by Peter Ackroyd, Pat Barker, Anne Enright, Ian McEwan, and Jeanette Winterson, to less canonical texts by Nina Allan, Jon McGregor, and N. Royle. Chapters on romance, elegy, the ghost story, and the state-of-the-nation novel draw on a variety of theoretical approaches from the fields of trauma studies, affect theory, the ethics of alterity, the ethics of care, and the ethics of vulnerability, among others. Showcasing how the contemporary novel is the privileged site of the expression and performance of vulnerability and vulnerable form, the volume broaches a poetics of vulnerability based on categories such as testimony, loss, unknowing, temporal disarray, and performance. On top of providing a book-length evocation of contemporary fictions of vulnerability and vulnerable form, this volume contributes significantly to considerations of the importance of Trauma Studies to Contemporary Literature.

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<p>Jean-Michel Ganteau is Professor of English Literature at Paul Valéry University, Montpellier III, France</p>

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