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    DescriptionAt the end of the century, much criticism has become devoted to 'last things': the end of history, the end of the subject, the end of the novel, the end, even, of the end. Literature and the Contemporary, in contrast, aims to provide through twelve essays evidence of the way in which the literature of the 1990s is constantly engaging in questions of memory and history and the representation of time in the present day. The essays in the book survey theories of temporality from various cultural and philosophical standpoints, and represent critics writing from feminist, postcolonial and 'queer' perspectives discussing literature in 'our time'. The collection addresses such central issues as the politics of memory, colonial legacies, women's time, racial and sexual identities in the 1990s, and covers a wide range of contemporary authors, works and issues, some of which are treated for the first time. Among the contemporary works discussed are the prize-winning books Graham Swift's Last Orders, Anne Michaels' Fugitive Pieces, and Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres. While discussing some of the most significant novels of the 1990s, this collection also offers a diverse yet cohesive critique of the millennial leanings of much 'postmodernist' criticism, which it argues should be replaced by more variously nuanced engagements with literature and the contemporary.


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    Title
    Literature and the Contemporary
    Subtitle
    Fictions and Theories of the Present
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roger Luckhurst, By (author) Peter Marks
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 232
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 212 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780582312043
    ISBN 10: 0582312043
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
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    B&T General Subject: 500
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    LC subject heading:
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    LC subject heading:
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000, LIT006000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PN771 .L565 1999, 98037102
    Thema V1.0: DSK, DSBH
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    LONGMAN
    Publication date
    09 June 1999
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Roger Luckhurst teaches in the Department of English, at Birkbeck College, University of London. Peter Marks teaches in the Department of English at the University of Sydney, Australia.
    Back cover copy
    Back Cover Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature General Editor: Stan Smith Research Professor in Literary Studies, Nottingham Trent University This exciting series provides students of twentieth-century literature with some of the most advanced scholarly and critical work in the field in a lucid and accessible form. Volumes may focus on an individual author or literary movement or address critical and cultural themes and historical moments. The series assumes no particular critical line or theoretical tendency but aims to present the best writing on twentieth-century literature and culture by new and established critics in a way which reveals the remarkable diversity of modern critical approaches. At the end of the century, much criticism has become devoted to last things: the end of history, the end of the subject, the end of the novel, the end, even, of the end. Literature and the Contemporary, in contrast, aims to provide through twelve essays evidence of the way in which the literature of the 1990s is constantly engaging in questions of memory and history and the representation of time in the present day. The essays in the book survey theories of temporality from various cultural and philosophical standpoints, and represent critics writing from feminist, postcolonial and queer perspectives discussing literature in our time . The collection addresses such central issues as the politics of memory, colonial legacies, women s time, racial and sexual identities in the 1990s, and covers a wide range of contemporary authors, works and issues, some of which are treated for the first time. Among the contemporary works discussed are the prize-winning books Graham Swift's Last Orders, Anne Michaels' Fugitive Pieces, and Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres. While discussing some of the most significant novels of the 1990s, this collection also offers a diverse yet cohesive critique of the millennial leanings of much postmodernist criticism, which it argues should be replaced by more variously nuanced engagements with literature and the contemporary. Roger Luckhurst teaches in the Department of English, at Birkbeck College, University of London. Peter Marks teaches in the Department of English at the University of Sydney, Australia.
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors 1. Hurry Up Please It's Time: Introducing the Contemporary PART ONE: TIME TODAY 2. The Impossibility of the Present; Or, form the Contemporary to the Contemporal 3. The Politics of Time Modernity, Postmodernity 4. Now, Here, This 5. Melancholic Modernity and Contemporary Greif: The Novels of Graham Swift Memory 6. Memory Recovered/Recovered Memory 7. 'We come after': Remembering the Holocaust PART TWO: INTERSECTION The Post-colonial contemporary 8. The Rhizome of Post-Colonial Discourse 9. The Dialect of Myth and History in the Post-Colonial Contemporary: Soyinka's 'A Dance of the Forests' Feminism 10. The Gender Differential, Again and Not Yet 11. Back to the Future: Revisiting Kristeva's 'Women's Time' Queering Now 12. Crossing the Present, Narrative, Alterity and Gender in Postmodern Fiction 13. A Queer Spirit of the Times Index