1st Edition

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

Edited By Susana Onega, Jean-Michel Ganteau Copyright 2020
    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    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 the theories of Transmodernity propounded by Rosa María Rodríguez Magda, Enrique Dussel, Marc Luyckx Ghisi and Irena Ateljevic, inter alia, it investigates the links between Transmodernity and such categories as Postmodernity, Postcolonialism and Transculturalism with a view to help define a new current in contemporary literary production. The chapters either follow the main theoretical drives of the transmodern paradigm or problematise them. In so doing, they branch out towards various issues that have come to inspire contemporary novelists, among which: the presence of the past, the ascendance of new technologies, multiculturalism, terrorism, and also vulnerability, interdependence, solidarity and ecology in a globalised context. In so doing, it interrogates the ethics, aesthetics and politics of the contemporary novel in English.

    Introduction: Transcending the Postmodern

    Susana Onega and Jean-Michel Ganteau

    PART I

    The Poetics of Transmodernity

    1. The Transmodern Poetics of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas: Generic Hybridity, Narrative Embedding and Transindividuality
    2. Susana Onega

    3. Transnational Latino/a Literature and the Transmodern Meta-Narrative: An Alternative Reading of Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
    4. Sara Villamarín-Freire

    5. The Novel of Ideas at the Crossroads of Transmodernity: Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island
    6. Angelo Monaco

      PART II

      Ethical Perceptions

    7. Problematising the Transmodern: Jon McGregor’s Ethics of Consideration
    8. Jean-Michel Ganteau

    9. Using Transculturalism to Understand the Transmodern Paradigm: Representations of Identity in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah
    10. Matthias Stephan

    11. Transmodern Mythopoesis in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant
    12. Laura Colombino

      PART III

      Migrancy and the Possibility of Re-enchantment

    13. A Transmodern Approach to Post-9/11 Australia: Richard Flanagan’s The Unknown Terrorist as a Narrative of the Limit
    14. Bárbara Arizti

    15. Diversity, Singularity, Re-Enchantment and Relationality in a Transmodern World: Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
    16. Merve Sarikaya-Sen

      PART IV

      Perspectives on Biopolitics

    17. Transcorporeality, Fluidity and Transanimality in Monique Roffey’s Novel Archipelago
    18. Julia Kuznetski

    19. A Transmodern Approach to Biology in Naomi Mitchison’s Memoirs of a Spacewoman

    Jessica Aliaga-Lavrijsen


    Susana Onega is Professor of English Literature at the University of Zaragoza, (Spain). Jean-Michel Ganteau is Professor of Contemporary British Literature at the University Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 (France).CONTRIBUTORSSara Villamarin-Freire, Angelo Monaco, Matthias Stephan, Laura Colombino, Barbara Arizti, Mervew Sarikaya-Sen, Julia Kuznetski, and Jessica Aliaga-Lavrijsen

    "This book stands out as an unyielding and timely repositioning of paradigms in the domains of philosophy, aesthetics, literary criticism and cultural theory through the lens of contemporary literature in English…the ten chapters of the book succeed in producing a close view of how themes such as postcolonialism, subalternity, eco-criticism, feminist criticism, etc. fall into the transmodern pattern." Sorin Cazacu, University of Craiova, British and American Studies