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Literary Urban Studies
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Translocality in Contemporary City Novels

Authors: Mattheis, Lena

  • Presents a general theory and application of translocality
  • Studies a corpus of contemporary novels rather than examining a particular city
  • Contributes to a greater understanding of narrative strategies in urban novels
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About this book

Translocality in Contemporary City Novels responds to the fact that twenty-first-century Anglophone novels are increasingly characterised by translocality—the layering and blending of two or more distant settings. Considering translocal and transcultural writing as a global phenomenon, this book draws on multidisciplinary research, from globalisation theory to the study of narratives to urban studies, to explore a corpus of thirty-two novels—by authors such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dionne Brand, Kiran Desai, and Xiaolu Guo—set in a total of ninety-seven cities. Lena Mattheis examines six of the most common strategies used in contemporary urban fiction to make translocal experiences of the world narratable and turn them into relatable stories: simultaneity, palimpsests, mapping, scaling, non-places, and haunting. Combining and developing further theories, approaches, and techniques from a variety of research fields—including narratology, human geography, transculturality, diaspora spaces, and postcolonial perspectives—Mattheis develops a set of cross-disciplinary techniques in literary urban studies.

About the authors

Lena Mattheis is Lecturer and Research Assistant at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Her work has been published in journals such as Narrative and Literary Geographies.


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“Lena Mattheis offers an exciting and timely theoretical intervention in how we read and understand the translocal in contemporary writing. This is fascinating and insightful work.” (Anne-Marie Evans, Associate Head of School: English Literature, York St John University, UK)

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Hardcover $109.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Translocality in Contemporary City Novels
Authors
Series Title
Literary Urban Studies
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-66687-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-66687-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-66686-6
Series ISSN
2523-7888
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 247
Number of Illustrations
12 b/w illustrations
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