Summary Book Review History and the Contemporary Novel by David Cowart:
Download or read book History and the Contemporary Novel written by David Cowart and published by SIU Press. This book was released on 1989 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Cowart presents a study of international historical fiction since World War II, with reflections on the affinities between historical and fictional narrative, analysis of the basic modes of historical fiction, and readings of a number of historical novels, including John Barth’s The Sot-Weed Factor, Marguerite Yourcenar’s Memoirs of Hadrian, Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa’s The Leopard, D. M. Thomas’s The White Hotel, William Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses, and Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose. He proposes recognizing four modes of the historical novel: the past as a "distant mirror" of the present, fictions whose authors seek to pinpoint the precise historical moment when the modern age or some prominent feature of it came into existence, fictions whose authors aspire purely or largely to historical verisimilitude, and fictions whose authors reverse history to contemplate utopia and dystopia in the future. Thus, historical fiction can be organized under the rubrics: The Distant Mirror; The Turning Point; The Way It Was; and The Way It Will Be. This fourfold schema and his focus on postwar novels set Cowart’s work apart from previous studies, which have not devoted adequate space to the contemporary historical novel. Cowart argues that postwar historical fiction merits more extensive treatment because it is the product of an age unique in the annals of history—an age in which history itself may end.
Summary Book Review Die Botschaft von Kambodscha / The Embassy of Cambodia by Zadie Smith:
Download or read book Die Botschaft von Kambodscha / The Embassy of Cambodia written by Zadie Smith and published by Kiepenheuer & Witsch. This book was released on 2014-11-06 with total page 128 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Nach ihrem großen Roman »London NW« legt Zadie Smith mit dieser brillanten Erzählung nach – ein literarischer Diamant! Jeden Montag beobachtet Fatou einen Federball, der hinter den hohen Mauern der Botschaft von Kambodscha hin und her fliegt – ein scheinbar unendlich andauerndes Match. Fatou ist auf dem Weg zum Schwimmbad, wo sie jeden Montagmorgen ihre Bahnen zieht. Neben den sonntäglichen Treffen mit Andrew Okonkwo, einem bibelfesten Studenten aus Nigeria, ist dies die einzige Stunde in der Woche, die ganz ihr gehört. Den Rest der Woche arbeitet Fatou als Haushälterin bei den Derawals, kauft ein, kocht, putzt und hütet die Kinder. Nein, eine Sklavin ist Fatou nicht. Hin und wieder wird sie geschlagen, und bezahlt wird sie für ihre Arbeit nicht, das Haus aber verlässt sie regelmäßig und ohne um Erlaubnis fragen zu müssen. Fatou ist stoisch, sie geht durchs Leben, wie sie ihre Bahnen im Schwimmbad zieht, und es scheint fast, als würde alles immer so weitergehen – bis Fatou einem der Kinder zufällig das Leben rettet und damit das eingespielte Gleichgewicht der Familie Derawal durcheinanderbringt.Mit »Die Botschaft von Kambodscha« stellt die großartige Zadie Smith einmal mehr unter Beweis, dass es manchmal nur weniger Worte bedarf, um eine große Geschichte zu erzählen. »Dieses prägnante Glanzstück zeigt einmal mehr, warum Zadie Smith im Alter von 38 Jahren zu den kenntnisreichsten, witzigsten, differenziertesten Beobachtern der post-kolonialen Landschaft zählt.« The Star
Summary Book Review Perspectives on the Contemporary Novel by Abdulgawad Elnady :
Download or read book Perspectives on the Contemporary Novel written by Abdulgawad Elnady and published by Bayan Translation, Publishing & Distribution. This book was released on 2020-11-12 with total page 196 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: I am introducing the kind reader to a sample selection of studies on the contemporary novel. Egyptian, Ghanaian, British, Portuguese, Sudanese, and Canadian, the novels, short stories, and film-adaptation of novels discussed range also from ones grappling with man’s plight in an ever traumatized and traumatizing world to national and international politics, ecocritical issues, critical, cinematic and translational concerns, the anxiety of resistance and coexistence, geocritical horizons, and third-culture parameters. Table of Contents Dedication. Preface. Chapter One: Scatology in the Postcolonial Ghanaian and Egyptian Novel Chapter Two: A Geocritical Reading of Some of Alice Munro’s Short Stories Chapter Three: A Cixousian Reading of Alice Munro’s and Mohja Kahf’s Short Stories Chapter Four: The Anxiety of Resistance and Coexistence in Leila Aboulela’s The Translator. Error! Bookmark not defined. Chapter Five: A Reading of Jose Saramago’s Blindness in the Context of Ecocriticism Chapter Six: The Problematics of Translating Literary Criticism Chapter Seven: The Poetry of Science Writing: the Panacea of the Third Culture in Ian McEwan’s Saturday. Works Cited
Summary Book Review Climate Change and the Contemporary Novel by Adeline Johns-Putra:
Download or read book Climate Change and the Contemporary Novel written by Adeline Johns-Putra and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2019-03-21 with total page 199 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Analysing how contemporary fiction explores climate change, Johns-Putra argues that literature can help us understand our obligations to the future.
Summary Book Review The Contemporary Novel by Irving Adelman:
Download or read book The Contemporary Novel written by Irving Adelman and published by Metuchen, N.J : Scarecrow Press. This book was released on 1972 with total page 626 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A reference guide to critical writings on the works of significant American and British novelists
Summary Book Review Marginality in the Contemporary British Novel by Nicola Allen:
Download or read book Marginality in the Contemporary British Novel written by Nicola Allen and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2008-08-08 with total page 208 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The 'Marginal' as a concept has become an integral part of the British novel as it stands at the turn of the century. Both popular and literary fiction since the mid-1970s has seen an increasing emphasis on the marginal subject. This study offers readings of a wide range of contemporary British novels that represent characters or communities at the margin of society. Nicola Allen analyses three conceptual categories representing the marginal subject in the contemporary British novel: the character of the misfit or outsider; the emergence of the grotesque; and the rediscovery of previously marginalized narratives such as myth and fantasy. This innovative and original monograph focuses on the contention that the contemporary novel of marginality conveys a belief in the socially transformative powers of narrative, and suggests that narrative has played a central role in bringing marginal politics and marginal issues to the fore in contemporary Britain.
Summary Book Review The Contemporary British Historical Novel by M. Boccardi:
Download or read book The Contemporary British Historical Novel written by M. Boccardi and published by Springer. This book was released on 2009-06-25 with total page 193 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A detailed study of an increasingly popular genre, this book offers readings of a group of significant and representative works, drawing on a range of interpretative strategies to examine the ways in which the contemporary historical novel engages with questions of nation and identity to illuminate Britain's post-imperial condition.
Summary Book Review Contemporary Fiction in French by Anna-Louise Milne:
Download or read book Contemporary Fiction in French written by Anna-Louise Milne and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2021-03-25 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Our global literary field is fluid and exists in a state of constant evolution. Contemporary fiction in French has become a polycentric and transnational field of vibrant and varied experimentation; the collapse of the distinction between 'French' and 'Francophone' literature has opened up French writing to a world of new influences and interactions. In this collection, renowned scholars provide thoughtful close readings of a whole range of genres, from graphic novels to crime fiction to the influence of television and film, to analyse modern French fiction in its historical and sociological context. Allowing students of contemporary French literature and culture to situate specific works within broader trends, the volume provides an engaging, global and timely overview of contemporary fiction writing in French, and demonstrates how our modern literary world is more complex and diverse than ever before.
Summary Book Review The Representation of the Relationship between Center and Periphery in the Contemporary Novel by Ruth Amar:
Download or read book The Representation of the Relationship between Center and Periphery in the Contemporary Novel written by Ruth Amar and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2018-10-15 with total page 294 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This collection of essays offers a comparative perspective on different forms of representation of social hybridity in contemporary novels through various cultural and linguistic lenses. It explores the various subcategories of their interdependent relationships, including power and domination between hegemony and marginality. The book revolves around five axes: namely, writing strategies and reterritorialization; marginality and intermediary spaces; revisited urban spaces; when periphery becomes center; and the modality of confrontation and construction of identity. It focuses on the identification and classification of spaces in order to understand their function in relation to the thematic strategy of the novel. Its main objective is identifying the textual representation of the challenge of center and periphery, as well as these concepts’ role and significance in diegesis. Thus, new light is shed on the subject and on the contemporary novel as a whole.
Summary Book Review Stylistic Manipulation of the Reader in Contemporary Fiction by Sandrine Sorlin:
Download or read book Stylistic Manipulation of the Reader in Contemporary Fiction written by Sandrine Sorlin and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2019-12-12 with total page 264 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book focuses on how readers can be 'manipulated' during their experience of reading fictional texts and how they are incited to perceive, process and interpret certain textual patterns. Offering fine-grained stylistic analysis of diverse genres, including crime fiction, short stories, poetry and novels, the book deciphers various linguistic, pragmatic and multimodal techniques. These are skilfully used by authors to achieve specific effects through a subtle manipulation of deixis, metalepsis, dialogue, metaphors, endings, inferences or rhetorical, narratorial and typographical control. Exploring contemporary texts such as The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Remains of the Day and We Need to Talk About Kevin, chapters delve into how readers are pragmatically positioned or cognitively (mis)directed as the author guides their attention and influences their judgment. They also show how readers' responses can, conversely, bring about a certain form of manipulation as readers challenge the positions the texts invite them to occupy.
Summary Book Review The Postsouthern Sense of Place in Contemporary Fiction by Martyn Bone:
Download or read book The Postsouthern Sense of Place in Contemporary Fiction written by Martyn Bone and published by LSU Press. This book was released on 2005-06-01 with total page 300 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: For generations, southern novelists and critics have grappled with a concept that is widely seen as a trademark of their literature: a strong attachment to geography, or a "sense of place." In the 1930s, the Agrarians accorded special meaning to rural life, particularly the farm, in their definitions of southern identity. For them, the South seemed an organic and rooted region in contrast to the North, where real estate development and urban sprawl evoked a faceless, raw capitalism. By the end of the twentieth century, however, economic and social forces had converged to create a modernized South. How have writers responded to this phenomenon? Is there still a sense of place in the South, or perhaps a distinctly postsouthern sense of place? Martyn Bone innovatively draws upon postmodern thinking to consider the various perspectives that southern writers have brought to the concept of "place" and to look at its fate in a national and global context. He begins with a revisionist assessment of the Agrarians, who failed in their attempts to turn their proprietary ideal of the small farm into actual policy but whose broader rural aesthetic lived on in the work of neo-Agrarian writers, including William Faulkner and Eudora Welty. By the 1950s, adherence to this aesthetic was causing southern writers and critics to lose sight of the social reality of a changing South. Bone turns to more recent works that do respond to the impact of capitalist spatial development on the South -- and on the nation generally -- including that self-declared "international city" Atlanta. Close readings of novels by Robert Penn Warren, Walker Percy, Richard Ford, Anne Rivers Siddons, Tom Wolfe, and Toni Cade Bambara illuminate evolving ideas about capital, land, labor, and class while introducing southern literary studies into wider debates around social, cultural, and literary geography. Bone concludes his remarkably rich book by considering works of Harry Crews and Barbara Kingsolver that suggest the southern sense of place may be not only post-Agrarian or postsouthern but also transnational.
Summary Book Review Postmodern Humanism in Contemporary Literature and Culture by T. Davis:
Download or read book Postmodern Humanism in Contemporary Literature and Culture written by T. Davis and published by Springer. This book was released on 2016-01-23 with total page 198 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Davis and Womack investigate the emerging gaps between literary scholarship and the reading experience. The idea of reconciling the void - the locus of our sociocultural disillusionment and despair in an uncertain world - concerns explicit artistic attempts to represent the ways in which human beings seek out meaning, hope and community.
Summary Book Review Representing Vulnerabilities in Contemporary Literature by Miriam Fernández-Santiago:
Download or read book Representing Vulnerabilities in Contemporary Literature written by Miriam Fernández-Santiago and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 2022-12-22 with total page 214 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Representing Vulnerabilities in Contemporary Literature includes a collection of essays exploring the ways in which recent literary representations of vulnerability may problematize its visibilization from an ethical and aesthetic perspective. Recent technological and scientific developments have accentuated human vulnerability in many and different ways at a cross-national, and even cross-species level. Disability, technological, and ecological vulnerabilities are new foci of interest that add up to gender, precarity and trauma, among others, as forms of vulnerability in this volume. The literary visualization of these vulnerabilities might help raise social awareness of one’s own vulnerabilities as well as those of others so as to bring about global solidarity based on affinity and affect. However, the literary representation of forms of vulnerability might also deepen stigmatization phenomena and trivialize the spectacularization of vulnerability by blunting readers’ affective response towards those products that strive to hold their attention and interest in an information-saturated, global entertainment market.
Summary Book Review Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Women and Power in Contemporary Fiction by Rossella Valdrè:
Download or read book Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Women and Power in Contemporary Fiction written by Rossella Valdrè and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 2017-07-14 with total page 157 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Women and Power in Contemporary Fiction psychoanalytically examines contemporary fiction portraying the female in a reversal of the stereotyped victim role. The recent popularity of powerful female characters suggests that literature is ahead in its understanding the desires, fantasies and unconscious emotions of the public. This book explores a form of intimacy frequently observed in consulting rooms and in life in general: malicious intimacy. Specific to the conjugal bond, it is a type of intimacy connected to the relationship between the two halves of the couple that is extremely powerful and painful. Instead of clinical cases, Rossella Valdré examines four contemporary and widely successful novels, published contemporaneously, which capture perfectly this type of psychopathological universe. Valdré then maps out psychoanalytic hypotheses regarding the persistency of these malicious intimacies. Through analysis of these examples, Valdrè investigates the roots and hypotheses of a new scenario on victim-executioner roles played out in the intimacy of the couple. Exploring how and if the contemporary couple is undergoing profound changes, she provides an overview of the various deep-seated psychological mechanisms and unconscious dynamics that may be at work. The book explores the need to not be dependant upon a love object as an extreme defence against abandonment or self-collapse. Valdrè argues that such a configuration is very common, and that Idealization in contemporary life is one of the reasons behind the most of sufferance in modern couples, something which psychoanalysis can examine through art. Women, perhaps, after emancipation, are living overturned roles and paying a higher cost as a result. Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Women and Power in Contemporary Fiction will appeal to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists, and be of interest to scholars and students of literature, gender studies, philosophy and sociology.
Summary Book Review A Multitude of Women by Stefania Lucamante:
Download or read book A Multitude of Women written by Stefania Lucamante and published by University of Toronto Press. This book was released on 2008-09-15 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A Multitude of Women looks at the ways in which both Italian literary tradition and external influences have assisted Italian women writers in rethinking the theoretical and aesthetic ties between author, text, and readership in the construction of the novel. Stefania Lucamante discusses the valuable contributions that Italian women writers have made to the contemporary novel and illustrates the relevance of the novelistic examples set by their predecessors. She addresses various discursive communities, reading works by Di Lascia, Ferrante, Vinci, and others with reference to intertextuality and the theories of Elsa Morante and Simone de Beauvoir. This study identifies a positive deviation from literary and ideological orthodoxy, a deviation that helps give meaning to the Italian novel and to transform the traditional notion of the canon in Italian literature. Lucamante argues that this is partly due to the merits of women writers and their ability to eschew obsolete patterns in narrative while favouring forms that are more attuned to the ever-changing needs of society. She shows that contemporary novels by women authors mirror a shift from previous trends in which the need for female emancipation interfered with the actual literary and aesthetic significance of the novel. A Multitude of Women offers a new epistemology of the novel and will appeal to those interested in women's writing, readership, Italian studies, and literary studies in general.
Summary Book Review Islamophobia and the Novel by Peter Morey:
Download or read book Islamophobia and the Novel written by Peter Morey and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2018-08-14 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In an era of rampant Islamophobia, what do literary representations of Muslims and anti-Muslim bigotry tell us about changing concepts of cultural difference? In Islamophobia and the Novel, Peter Morey analyzes how recent works of fiction have framed and responded to the rise of anti-Muslim prejudice, showing how their portrayals of Muslims both reflect and refute the ideological preoccupations of media and politicians in the post-9/11 West. Islamophobia and the Novel discusses novels embodying a range of positions—from the avowedly secular to the religious, and from texts that appear to underwrite Western assumptions of cultural superiority to those that recognize and critique neoimperial impulses. Morey offers nuanced readings of works by John Updike, Ian McEwan, Hanif Kureishi, Monica Ali, Mohsin Hamid, John le Carré, Khaled Hosseini, Azar Nafisi, and other writers, emphasizing the demands of the literary marketplace for representations of Muslims. He explores how depictions of Muslim experience have challenged liberal assumptions regarding the novel’s potential for empathy and its ability to encompass a variety of voices. Morey argues for a greater degree of critical self-consciousness in our understanding of writing by and about Muslims, in contrast to both exclusionary nationalism and the fetishization of difference. Contemporary literature’s capacity to unveil the conflicted nature of anti-Muslim bigotry expands our range of resources to combat Islamophobia. This, in turn, might contribute to Islamophobia’s eventual dismantling.
Summary Book Review Neoliberalism and Contemporary Literary Culture by Mitchum Huehls:
Download or read book Neoliberalism and Contemporary Literary Culture written by Mitchum Huehls and published by JHU Press. This book was released on 2017-09-19 with total page 344 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Neoliberalism and Contemporary Literary Culture is essential reading for anyone invested in the ever-changing state of literary culture.