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Cosmopolitanism in Twenty-First Century Fiction

Authors: Shaw, Kristian

  • Offers new readings of key post-millennial texts and analyses recent texts that have yet to attract critical attention Has interdisciplinary appeal - is relevant to social sciences as well as humanities scholarsExamines works by prominent contemporary authors such as David Mitchell, Zadie Smith, Teju Cole, Dave Eggers and Hari Kunzru

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About this book

Cosmopolitanism contains some of the most polished and enviably well-written chapters of literary criticism that have ever come my way. Shaw’s readings are critically informed and theoretically sophisticated, yet at the same time remarkably lucid and clear. This is a work of very fine, well-balanced, and – for a first book – astonishingly mature scholarship.” — Prof Berthold Schoene, Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

“The first study to fully appreciate contemporary literature's engagement with cosmopolitanism. A persuasive and articulate engagement with questions of ethics, community, transnationalism and cultural identity, it's an essential read for anyone interested in the contribution of contemporary fiction to our world today”. — Dr Sara Upstone, Principal Lecturer in English Literature, Kingston University, UK.

This study of cosmopolitanism in contemporary British and American fiction identifies several authors who forge new and intensified dialogues between local experience and global flows. The twenty-first century has been marked by an unprecedented intensification in globalisation, transnational mobility and technological change. The theories and values of cosmopolitanism will be argued to provide a direct response to ways of being-in-relation to others and answer urgent fears surrounding cultural convergence. The four chapters examine works by David Mitchell, Zadie Smith, Teju Cole, Dave Eggers and Hari Kunzru. The study will demonstrate how these authors imagine new cosmopolitan modes of belonging and point towards the need for an emergent and affirmative cosmopolitics attuned to the diversity and complexity of twenty-first century globality. The study assumes an interdisciplinary approach and will appeal to literature academics, under-/ postgraduate students, and researchers interested in the culture and politics of contemporary life. 

 

About the authors

Dr Kristian Shaw is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary and Postcolonial Literature at the University of Lincoln, U.K. His research interests include twenty-first century literature, globalization studies, and postmodernism. He has published widely on contemporary fiction and served as a reader and editor of C21 Literature: Journal of 21st Century Writing

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Shaw, Kristian

    Pages 1-26

  • ‘A Multitude of Drops’: The Global Imaginaries of David Mitchell

    Shaw, Kristian

    Pages 27-66

  • ‘Global Consciousness. Local Consciousness’: Cosmopolitan Hospitality and Ethical Agency in Zadie Smith’s NW

    Shaw, Kristian

    Pages 67-102

  • ‘A Deeper Project’: Critical Cosmopolitanism and Cultural Connectivity in Teju Cole’s Open City

    Shaw, Kristian

    Pages 103-138

  • ‘Solidarity by Connectivity’: The Myth of Digital Cosmopolitanism

    Shaw, Kristian

    Pages 139-178

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Hardcover £74.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-84924-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cosmopolitanism in Twenty-First Century Fiction
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52524-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52524-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52523-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84924-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 215
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