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The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction

ISBN 9780415716048
Published December 13, 2018 by Routledge
474 Pages

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Book Description

The study of contemporary fiction is a fascinating yet challenging one. Contemporary fiction has immediate relevance to popular culture, the news, scholarly organizations, and education – where it is found on the syllabus in schools and universities – but it also offers challenges. What is ‘contemporary’? How do we track cultural shifts and changes? The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction takes on this challenge, mapping key literary trends from the year 2000 onwards, as the landscape of our century continues to take shape around us. A significant and central intervention into contemporary literature, this Companion offers essential coverage of writers who have risen to prominence since then, such as Hari Kunzru, Jennifer Egan, David Mitchell, Jonathan Lethem, Ali Smith, A. L. Kennedy, Hilary Mantel, Marilynne Robinson, and Colson Whitehead.

Thirty-eight essays by leading and emerging international scholars cover topics such as:

• Identity, including race, sexuality, class, and religion in the twenty-first century;

• The impact of technology, terrorism, activism, and the global economy on the modern world and modern literature;

• The form and format of twenty-first century literary fiction, including analysis of established genres such as the pastoral, graphic novels, and comedic writing, and how these have been adapted in recent years.

Accessible to experts, students, and general readers, The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction provides a map of the critical issues central to the discipline, as well as uncovering new perspectives and new directions for the development of the field. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the past, present, and future of contemporary literature.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Forms

  1. The Networked Novel
  2. Caroline Edwards

  3. Global Fiction
  4. Kristian Shaw

  5. Sincerity
  6. Martin Paul Eve

  7. Autobiografiction
  8. Timothy C. Baker

  9. Experiment
  10. Jennifer Hodgson

  11. Comedy
  12. Huw Marsh

  13. Metafiction
  14. Xavier Marcó del Pont

  15. Pastoral
  16. Deborah Lilley

  17. Realisms
  18. Sophie Vlacos

  19. Comics and Graphic Novels
  20. Harriet E. H. Earle

    Part 2: Identities

  21. Black British Fiction
  22. Sara Upstone

  23. Queer
  24. Alexandra Parsons

  25. Family
  26. Stephen J. Burn

  27. Religion
  28. Arthur Bradley and Andrew Tate

  29. Diaspora
  30. Leila Kamali

  31. Indian Fiction in English
  32. E. Dawson Varughese

  33. Northern Irish Fiction
  34. Caroline Magennis

  35. Animals
  36. Danielle Sands

    Part 3: Ruptures

  37. (The) Digital
  38. Zara Dinnen

  39. Anthropocene
  40. Sam Solnick

  41. Displacement
  42. Emily J. Hogg

  43. Asylum
  44. Agnes Woolley

  45. Finance
  46. Paul Crosthwaite

  47. The 9/11 Novel
  48. Arin Keeble

  49. War on Terror
  50. Daniel O’Gorman

  51. From Civil Rights to #BLM
  52. Anna Hartnell

  53. The Past
  54. Robert Eaglestone

  55. Hope
  56. Emily Horton

    Part 4: Case Studies

  57. Granta’s 'Best of Young British Novelists'
  58. Katy Shaw

  59. Hari Kunzru
  60. Lucienne Loh

  61. Jennifer Egan
  62. Dorothy Butchard

  63. David Mitchell
  64. Sarah Dillon

  65. Jonathan Lethem
  66. Joseph Brooker

  67. Ali Smith
  68. Daniel Lea

  69. A.L. Kennedy
  70. Carole Jones

  71. Hilary Mantel
  72. Jennifer Bavidge

  73. Marilynne Robinson
  74. Rachel Sykes

  75. Colson Whitehead

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Daniel O’Gorman is Lecturer in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He works on contemporary literature and terror.


Robert Eaglestone is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK and works on contemporary literature and literary theory, contemporary philosophy and on Holocaust and Genocide studies.