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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

Introduction  Part 1. Topics/Themes  1. Kaye Mitchell on Experimentalism  2. Sarah Dillon on Science  3. Deborah Lilley on Nature  4. Lucy Bond on Terror  5. Martin Currie on Narrative  6. Jennifer Hodgson on the Avant-garde  7. Martin Eve on The New Sincerity  8. Danielle Sands on Animals  9. Jinny Colby on Death  10. David James on The City  11. Arthur Bradley on Religion  12. Robert Eaglestone on Form  13. Caroline Edwards on Time  14. Eva Aldea on New Magical Realism  Part 2. Emerging Writers  15. Joe Brooker on Jonathan Franzen  16. Dorothy Butchard on David Mitchell  17. Luicene Loh on Hari Kunzru  18. Emily Horton on Ali Smith  19. Carole Jones on Sarah Waters  20. Peter Boxhall on David Eggers  Part 3. Contemporary Figures  21. Jonny Geller  22. Ben Markovits

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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.