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Reading Contingency

The Accident in Contemporary Fiction, 1st Edition

By David Wylot

Routledge

248 pages

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Description

In Reading Contingency: The Accident in Contemporary Fiction, David Wylot constructs an innovative study of the relationship between plotted accidents in twenty-first century British and American fiction, the phenomenology of reading, and a contemporary experience of time that is increasingly understood to be contingent and accidental. A synthesis of literary and cultural analysis, narratology, critical theories of time and the philosophy of contingency, the book explores the accident’s imagination of contemporary time and the relationship between reading and living in novels by writers including A.M. Homes, Nicola Barker, Noah Hawley, J.M. Coetzee, J.G. Ballard, Jesmyn Ward, Jennifer Egan, and Tom McCarthy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Accident and Contingency

Part 1: Time

Chapter 1. Forwards: Accident, Event, Picaresque

Chapter 2. Backwards: Accident, Coincidence, Teleological Retrospection

Part 2: Narrative

Chapter 3. Forwards and Backwards: Reading Contingency

Part 3: Accident Narratives

Chapter 4. Radical Contingency

Chapter 5. Unassimilable Contingency

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About the Author

David Wylot is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Leeds.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT006000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory
LIT020000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature
LIT024000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / General
LIT024050
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century