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New Comparisons in World Literature

Literature and the Global Contemporary

Editors: Brouillette, Sarah, Nilges, Mathias, Sauri, Emilio (Eds.)

  • Innovatively critiques dominant approaches to literary and cultural history
  • Provides a study that is truly international in scope
  • Has interdisciplinary appeal to historians and cultural theorists
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About this book

This book attempts to understand what ‘contemporary’ has meant, and should mean, for literary studies. The essays in this volume suggest that an attentive reading of recent global literatures challenges the idea that our contemporary moment is best characterized as a timeless, instantaneous ‘now’. The contributors to this book argue that global literatures help us to conceive of the contemporary as an always plural, heterogeneous, and contested temporality. Far from suggesting that we replace theories of an omnipresent ‘end of history’ with a traditional, single, diachronic timeline, this book encourages the development of such a timeline’s rigorous inverse: a synchronic, multi-faceted and multi-temporal history of the contemporary in literature, and thus of contemporary global literatures. It opens up the concept of the contemporary for comparative study by unlocking its temporal, logical, political, and ultimately aesthetic and literary complexity.

About the authors

Sarah Brouillette is Professor of English at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She is the author of Postcolonial Writers in the Global Literary Marketplace (2007) and Literature and the Creative Economy (2014).

Mathias Nilges is Associate Professor of English at St. Francis Xavier University, Canada. He has co-edited the books Literary Materialisms (2013), Marxism and the Critique of Value (2014), and The Contemporaneity of Modernism (2016). He has published on twentieth and twenty-first century American literature, critical theory, and literary history.

Emilio Sauri is Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA. His research focuses on literature and visual art from the United States and Latin America, particularly in relation to the development of the global economy from the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first.

Reviews

“It’s well past time that someone took a comparative approach to the study of contemporary literature. Taking deep dives into work from Latin America and Africa as well as England and the United States, and challenging a notion of the contemporary as dominated by the homogenizing time of capitalism, the contributors to this volume explore the multiple temporalities central to recent writing. In their indispensable account, a complex and layered notion of time becomes not only the formal hallmark of contemporary literature but also the means by which it re-opens the possibility of imagining new, collectively determined futures.” (Professor Andrew Hoberek, Department of English, University of Missouri, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • The Landowner’s Ghosts: Realism and Financialization in Contemporary Latin American Fiction

    Beckman, Ericka

    Pages 1-27

  • “Special Period”-izing Cuba: Limits of the Past Perfect

    Dettman, Jonathan

    Pages 29-48

  • Autonomy After Autonomy, or the Novel Beyond Nation: Roberto Bolaño’s 2666

    Sauri, Emilio

    Pages 49-66

  • #YOLO

    Brouillette, Sarah

    Pages 67-82

  • Capitalism’s Long Spiral: Periodicity, Temporality and the Global Contemporary in World Literature

    Deckard, Sharae

    Pages 83-102

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-63055-7
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-63054-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Literature and the Global Contemporary
Editors
  • Sarah Brouillette
  • Mathias Nilges
  • Emilio Sauri
Series Title
New Comparisons in World Literature
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63055-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63055-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63054-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVIII, 201
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