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Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

From Joyce to Rushdie, Modernism to Food Writing, Routledge Studies in Twentieth Century Literature looks at both the literature and culture of the 20th century. This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering literature alongside religion, popular culture, race, gender, ecology, travel, class, space, and other subjects, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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  1. Dramatizing Time in Twentieth-Century Fiction

    By William Vesterman

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

    How have twentieth-century writers used techniques in fiction to communicate the human experience of time? Dramatizing Time in Twentieth-Century Fiction explores this question by analyzing major narratives of the last century that demonstrate how time becomes variously manifested to reflect and...

    Published July 25th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Anglophone Jewish Literature

    Edited by Axel Stähler

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

    Anglophone Jewish literature is not traditionally numbered among the new literatures in English. Rather, Jewish literary production in English has conventionally been classified as ‘hyphenated’ and has therefore not yet been subjected as such to the scrutiny of scholars of literary or cultural...

    Published July 17th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Poetry as Testimony

    Witnessing and Memory in Twentieth-century Poems

    By Antony Rowland

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

    This book analyzes Holocaust poetry, war poetry, working-class poetry, and 9/11 poetry as forms of testimony. Rowland argues that testamentary poetry requires a different approach to traditional ways of dealing with poems due to the pressure of the metatext (the original, traumatic events), the...

    Published March 6th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Literary Ghosts from the Victorians to Modernism

    The Haunting Interval

    By Luke Thurston

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

    This book resituates the ghost story as a matter of literary hospitality and as part of a vital prehistory of modernism, seeing it not as a quaint neo-gothic ornament, but as a powerful literary response to the technological and psychological disturbances that marked the end of the Victorian era....

    Published February 14th 2014 by Routledge

  5. Sound and Aural Media in Postmodern Literature

    Novel Listening

    By Justin St. Clair

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

    This study examines postmodern literature— including works by Kurt Vonnegut, William Gaddis, Don DeLillo, Philip K. Dick, Ishmael Reed, and Thomas Pynchon —arguing that one of the formal logics of postmodern fiction is heterophonia: a pluralism of sound. The postmodern novel not only bears...

    Published March 27th 2013 by Routledge

  6. Aesthetic Pleasure in Twentieth-Century Women's Food Writing

    The Innovative Appetites of M.F.K. Fisher, Alice B. Toklas, and Elizabeth David

    By Alice McLean

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

    This book explores the aesthetic pleasures of eating and writing in the lives of M. F. K. Fisher (1908-1992), Alice B. Toklas (1877-1967), and Elizabeth David (1913-1992). Growing up during a time when women's food writing was largely limited to the domestic cookbook, which helped to codify...

    Published March 21st 2013 by Routledge

  7. Charles Bukowski, Outsider Literature, and the Beat Movement

    By Paul Clements

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

    This book uses cultural and psycho-social analysis to examine the beat writer Charles Bukowski and his literature, focusing on representations of the anti-hero rebel and outsider. Clements considers the complexities, ambiguities, and contradictions represented by the author and his work, exploring...

    Published March 6th 2013 by Routledge

  8. The Epic Trickster in American Literature

    From Sunjata to So(u)l

    By Gregory E. Rutledge

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

    Just as Africa and the West have traditionally fit into binaries of Darkness/Enlightenment, Savage/Modern, Ugly/Beautiful, and Ritual/Art, among others, much of Western cultural production rests upon the archetypal binary of Trickster/Epic, with trickster aesthetics and commensurate cultural forms...

    Published December 21st 2012 by Routledge

  9. AIDS Literature and Gay Identity

    The Literature of Loss

    By Monica B. Pearl

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

    This book discusses the significance of late twentieth century and early twenty first century American fiction written in response to the AIDS crisis and interrogates how sexual identity is depicted and constructed textually. Pearl develops Freudian psychoanalytic theory in a complex account of the...

    Published December 19th 2012 by Routledge

  10. Food, Poetry, and the Aesthetics of Consumption

    Eating the Avant-Garde

    By Michel Delville

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

    From Plato’s dismissal of food as a distraction from thought to Kant’s relegation of the palate to the bottom of the hierarchy of the senses, the sense of taste has consistently been devalued by Western aesthetics. Kant is often invoked as evidence that philosophers consider taste as an inferior...

    Published November 28th 2012 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Testimony from the Nazi Camps: French Women's Voices
    By Margaret Anne Hutton
    To Be Published August 14th 2014
  2. James Joyce, Science, and Modernist Print Culture: “The Einstein of English Fiction”
    By Jeffrey Drouin
    To Be Published December 29th 2014
  3. British Spy Fiction and the End of Empire
    By Sam Goodman
    To Be Published May 14th 2015

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