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Literature and The Contemporary : Fictions and Theories of the Present

By: Luckhurst, Roger.
Contributor(s): Marks, Peter.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Longman Studies In Twentieth Century Literature: Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014Description: 1 online resource (397 p.).ISBN: 9781317883616.Subject(s): Literature, Modern -- 19th century -- History and criticism | Literature, Modern -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Modernism (Literature)Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Literature and The Contemporary : Fictions and Theories of the PresentDDC classification: 809.9112 Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; Notes on Contributors; 1. Hurry up please it's time: introducing the contemporary; PART ONE: TIME TODAY; 2. The impossibility of the present: or, from the contemporary to the contemporal; Temporality; 3. The politics of time; 4. Now, here, this; Modernity, Postmodernity; 5. Melancholic modernity and contemporary grief: the novels of Graham Swift; 6. Memory recovered/recovered memory; Memory; 7. 'We come after': remembering the Holocaust; PART TWO: INTERSECTIONS; 8. The rhizome of post-colonial discourse
The Post-Colonial Contemporary9. The dialectic of myth and history in the post-colonial contemporary: Soyinka's A Dance of the Forests; 10. The gender differential, again and not yet; Feminism; 11. Back to the future: revisiting Kristeva's 'Women's Time'; 12. Crossing the present: narrative, alterity and gender in postmodern fiction; Queering Now; 13. The queer spirit of the age; Index
Summary: At the end of the century, much criticism has become devoted to `last things'': the end of history, the end of the subject, the end of the novel, the end, even, of the end. Literature and the Contemporary, in contrast, aims to provide through twelve essays evidence of the way in which the literature of the 1990s is constantly engaging in questions of memory and history and the representation of time in the present day.The essays in the book survey theories of temporality from various cultural and philosophical standpoints, and represent critics writing from feminist, postcolonial and `queer'' perspectives discussing literature in `our time''. The collection addresses such central issues as the politics of memory, colonial legacies, women''s time, racial and sexual identities in the 1990s, and covers a wide range of contemporary authors, works and issues, some of which are treated for the first time. Among the contemporary works discussed are the prize-winning books Graham Swift''s Last Orders, Anne Michaels'' Fugitive Pieces, and Jane Smiley''s A Thousand Acres.While discussing some of the most significant novels of the 1990s, this collection also offers a diverse yet cohesive critique of the millennial leanings of much `postmodernist'' criticism, which it argues should be replaced by more variously nuanced engagements with literature and the contemporary.
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Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; Notes on Contributors; 1. Hurry up please it's time: introducing the contemporary; PART ONE: TIME TODAY; 2. The impossibility of the present: or, from the contemporary to the contemporal; Temporality; 3. The politics of time; 4. Now, here, this; Modernity, Postmodernity; 5. Melancholic modernity and contemporary grief: the novels of Graham Swift; 6. Memory recovered/recovered memory; Memory; 7. 'We come after': remembering the Holocaust; PART TWO: INTERSECTIONS; 8. The rhizome of post-colonial discourse

The Post-Colonial Contemporary9. The dialectic of myth and history in the post-colonial contemporary: Soyinka's A Dance of the Forests; 10. The gender differential, again and not yet; Feminism; 11. Back to the future: revisiting Kristeva's 'Women's Time'; 12. Crossing the present: narrative, alterity and gender in postmodern fiction; Queering Now; 13. The queer spirit of the age; Index

At the end of the century, much criticism has become devoted to `last things'': the end of history, the end of the subject, the end of the novel, the end, even, of the end. Literature and the Contemporary, in contrast, aims to provide through twelve essays evidence of the way in which the literature of the 1990s is constantly engaging in questions of memory and history and the representation of time in the present day.The essays in the book survey theories of temporality from various cultural and philosophical standpoints, and represent critics writing from feminist, postcolonial and `queer'' perspectives discussing literature in `our time''. The collection addresses such central issues as the politics of memory, colonial legacies, women''s time, racial and sexual identities in the 1990s, and covers a wide range of contemporary authors, works and issues, some of which are treated for the first time. Among the contemporary works discussed are the prize-winning books Graham Swift''s Last Orders, Anne Michaels'' Fugitive Pieces, and Jane Smiley''s A Thousand Acres.While discussing some of the most significant novels of the 1990s, this collection also offers a diverse yet cohesive critique of the millennial leanings of much `postmodernist'' criticism, which it argues should be replaced by more variously nuanced engagements with literature and the contemporary.

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<p>Roger Luckhurst teaches in the Department of English, at Birkbeck College, University of London.</p> <p>Peter Marks teaches in the Department of English at the University of Sydney, Australia.</p>

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