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Memory and Nation-Building World War II in Malaysian Literature

Memory and Nation-Building: World War II in Malaysian Literature

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By Vandana Saxena
September 01, 2021

Nations are built by narrating their past. Threads of common memories and stories weave the fabric of the national culture, integrating the heterogenous communities into the idea of a single nation. In multicultural societies, the process is a messy one. Different communities remember the past from...

Zadie Smith and Postcolonial Trauma Decolonizing Trauma, Decolonizing Selves

Zadie Smith and Postcolonial Trauma: Decolonizing Trauma, Decolonizing Selves

1st Edition

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By Beatriz Pérez Zapata
July 14, 2021

This monograph analyses Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, On Beauty, NW, The Embassy of Cambodia, and Swing Time as trauma fictions that reveal the social, cultural, historical, and political facets of trauma. Starting with Smith’s humorous critique of psychoanalysis and her definition of original trauma,...

The London Object Writing London at the End of Capitalism

The London Object: Writing London at the End of Capitalism

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By Grant Hamilton
May 27, 2021

Étienne Balibar writes that today we are at the end of capitalism. This is not because capitalism has run its course or has met an irresistible force, but because there can be no purer form of capitalism than the one we have today. Taking seriously the idea that this strain of capitalism has not ...

The Fact of the Cage Reading and Redemption In David Foster Wallace’s

The Fact of the Cage: Reading and Redemption In David Foster Wallace’s "Infinite Jest"

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By Karl A. Plank
February 19, 2021

David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest raised expectations of what a novel might do. As he understood fiction to aim at what it means to be human, so he hoped his work might relieve the loneliness of human suffering. In that light, The Fact of the Cage shows how Wallace’s masterpiece dramatizes the ...

All Along Bob Dylan America and the World

All Along Bob Dylan: America and the World

1st Edition

Edited By Tymon Adamczewski
September 10, 2020

All Along Bob Dylan: America and the World offers an important contribution to thinking about the artist and his work. Adding European and non-English speaking contexts to the vibrant field of Dylan studies, the volume covers a wide range of topics and methodologies while dealing with the ...

Transcending the Postmodern The Singular Response of Literature to the Transmodern Paradigm

Transcending the Postmodern: The Singular Response of Literature to the Transmodern Paradigm

1st Edition

Edited By Susana Onega, Jean-Michel Ganteau
March 18, 2020

Transcending the Postmodern: The Singular Response of Literature to the Transmodern Paradigm gathers an introduction and ten chapters concerned with the issue of Transmodernity as addressed by and presented in contemporary novels hailing from various parts of the English-speaking world. Building on...

Masculinities in Austrian Contemporary Literature Strategic Evasion

Masculinities in Austrian Contemporary Literature: Strategic Evasion

1st Edition

By Matthias Eck
March 11, 2020

Masculinities in Austrian Contemporary Literature: Strategic Evasion shows the important contribution that literature can make to the understanding of masculinities, by offering insights into the mental structures of hegemonic masculinity. It argues that while there is evidence of frustrating ...

Apocalyptic Territories Setting and Revelation in Contemporary American Fiction

Apocalyptic Territories: Setting and Revelation in Contemporary American Fiction

1st Edition

By Anna Hellén
February 13, 2020

Research on the relationship between the apocalyptic tradition and the literary imagination has typically espoused a temporal approach which in one way or another revolves around the order of events that precedes the end of history and the ensuing establishment of a new world. This study, by ...

Displaced Literature of Indigeneity, Migration, and Trauma

Displaced: Literature of Indigeneity, Migration, and Trauma

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Edited By Kate Rose
February 04, 2020

Through specific and rigorous analysis of contemporary literary texts, this book shows how writers from inside affected communities portray indigeneity, displacement, and trauma. In a world of increasing global inequality, this study aims to demonstrate how literature, and the study of it, can ...

Poetry and the Question of Modernity From Heidegger to the Present

Poetry and the Question of Modernity: From Heidegger to the Present

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By Ian Cooper
January 16, 2020

Interest in Martin Heidegger was recently reawakened by the revelations, in his newly published ‘Black Notebooks’, of the full terrible extent of his political commitments in the 1930s and 1940s. The revelations reminded us of the dark allegiances co-existing with one of the profoundest and most ...

Death-Facing Ecology in Contemporary British and North American Environmental Crisis Fiction

Death-Facing Ecology in Contemporary British and North American Environmental Crisis Fiction

1st Edition

By Louise Squire
December 05, 2019

Recent years have seen a burgeoning of novels that respond to the environmental issues we currently face. Among these, Louise Squire defines environmental crisis fiction as concerned with a range of environmental issues and with the human subject as a catalyst for these issues. She argues that this...

Patrick McGrath and his Worlds Madness and the Transnational Gothic

Patrick McGrath and his Worlds: Madness and the Transnational Gothic

1st Edition

Edited By Matt Foley, Rebecca Duncan
December 05, 2019

Following the publication of Ghost Town (2005), a complex, globally conscious genealogy of millennial Manhattan, McGrath’s transnational status as an English author resident in New York, his pointed manipulation of British and American contexts, and his clear apprehension of imperial legacies have ...

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