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The Routledge Companion to Politics and Literature in English

Edited By

Matthew Stratton

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ISBN 9780367481032
May 25, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
600 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Companion to Politics and Literature in English provides an interdisciplinary overview of the vibrant connections between literature, politics, and the political.

Featuring contributions from 41 scholars across a variety of disciplines, the collection is divided into five parts: Connecting Literature and Politics; Constituting the Polis; Periods and Histories; Media, Genre, and Techne; and Spaces. Organised around familiar concepts – such as humans, animals, workers, empires, nations and states – rather than theoretical schools, it will help readers to understand the ways in which literature affects our understanding of who is capable of political action, who has been included in and excluded from politics, and how different spaces are imagined to be political. It also offers a series of engagements with key moments in literary and political history from 1066 to the present in order to assess and reassess the utility of conventional modes of periodization.

The book extends current discussions in the area, looking at cutting-edge developments in the discipline of literary studies as a whole which will appeal to academics and researchers seeking to orient their own interventions into broader contexts.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors



Matthew Stratton

I Connecting Literature and Politics

  1. Aesthetics and Affect
  2. Tyler Bradway

  3. Forms
  4. Ingrid Nelson

  5. Realism and Representation
  6. Regina Martin

  7. Symptoms
  8. Benjamin Kohlmann

  9. Reforms and Revolutions
  10. John Garrison and Kyle Pivetti

  11. Laws and Rights
  12. Juno Richards

  13. Empires and Decolonization
  14. Maryam Wasif Khan, LUMS

    II Constituting the Polis

  15. Citizenship and Enslavement
  16. Elizabeth J. West

  17. Humans and Posthumans
  18. Jennifer Rhee

  19. Animals
  20. Mario Ortiz-Robles

  21. Workers
  22. Benjamin Balthaser

  23. Debtors
  24. Robin Goodman

  25. Refugees
  26. Hadji Bakara

  27. Nations and States
  28. Jessie Reeder

    III Periods and Histories

  29. On or about 1066
  30. Mary Rambaran-Olm

  31. On or about 1400
  32. Susan Nakley

  33. On or about 1616
  34. Urvashi Chakravarti

  35. On or about 1789
  36. John Havard

  37. On or about 1884
  38. Padma Rangarajan

  39. On or about 1914
  40. Tanya Agathocleous

  41. On or about 1945
  42. Claire Seiler

  43. On or about 1989
  44. Ian Afflerbach

  45. On or about Now
  46. Rachel Greenwald Smith

    IV Media, Genre, Techne

  47. Sound and Print
  48. Anthony Reed, Vanderbilt University

  49. Photography
  50. Emily Hyde

  51. Art, Propaganda and Truth
  52. Melissa Dinsman

  53. Criticism
  54. Thom Dancer

  55. Digital Platforms
  56. J.D. Schnepf

  57. Translation
  58. Roland Végső

  59. Comics
  60. Daniel Worden

    V Spaces

  61. Archives
  62. Megan Ward

  63. Homes
  64. Natalie Pollard

  65. Cities
  66. Ameeth Vijay

  67. Streets and Highways
  68. Myka Tucker-Abramson and Sam Weselowski

  69. Nature
  70. Steven Swarbrick

  71. Oceans
  72. Alison Maas

  73. Borders
  74. Anne Mai Yee Jansen

  75. Planets
  76. Gerry Canavan

  77. Utopia
  78. Deanna Kreisel

  79. Classrooms

Laura Heffernan and Rachel Sagner Buurma


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Matthew Stratton is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Davis and the author of The Politics of Irony in American Modernism (Fordham University Press, 2014).