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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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Contemporary Reconfigurations of American Literary Classics

    The Origin and Evolution of American Stories

    By Betina Entzminger

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

    The number and popularity of novels that have overtly reconfigured aspects of classic American texts suggests a curious trend for both readers and writers, an impulse to retell and reread books that have come to define American culture. This book argues that by revising canonical American...

    Published August 25th 2012 by Routledge

  5. Autobiographies of Others

    Historical Subjects and Literary Fiction

    By Lucia Boldrini

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

    In this volume, Boldrini examines "heterobiography"—the first-person fictional account of a historic life. Boldrini shows that this mode is widely employed to reflect critically on the historical and philosophical understanding of the human; on individual identity; and on the power relationships...

    Published June 25th 2012 by Routledge

  6. Wallace Stevens, New York, and Modernism

    Edited by Lisa Goldfarb, Bart Eeckhout

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

    This unique essay collection considers the impact of New York on the life and works of Wallace Stevens. Stevens lived in New York from 1900 to 1916, working briefly as a journalist, going to law school, laboriously starting up a career as a lawyer, getting engaged and married, gradually mixing with...

    Published May 29th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Locating Gender in Modernism

    The Outsider Female

    By Geetha Ramanathan

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

    This book visits modernism within a comparative, gendered, and third-world framework, questioning current scholarly categorisations of modernism and reframing our conception of what constitutes modernist aesthetics. It describes the construction of modernist studies and argues that despite a range...

    Published May 9th 2012 by Routledge

  8. Travel and Drugs in Twentieth-Century Literature

    By Lindsey Michael Banco

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

    This book examines the connections between two disparate yet persistently bound thematics -- mobility and intoxication -- and explores their central yet frequently misunderstood role in constructing subjectivity following the 1960s. Emerging from profound mid-twentieth-century changes in how drugs...

    Published April 20th 2012 by Routledge

  9. Modernism and the Crisis of Sovereignty

    By Andrew John Miller

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

    This book describes how three of the most significant Anglophone writers of the first half of the twentieth century – Yeats, Eliot, and Woolf – wrestled with a geopolitical situation in which national boundaries had come to seem increasingly permeable at the same time as war among (and within)...

    Published February 23rd 2012 by Routledge

  10. Cartographic Strategies of Postmodernity

    The Figure of the Map in Contemporary Theory and Fiction

    By Peta Mitchell

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

    The last fifty years have witnessed the growing pervasiveness of the figure of the map in critical, theoretical, and fictional discourse. References to mapping and cartography are endemic in poststructuralist theory, and, similarly, geographically and culturally diverse authors of twentieth-century...

    Published February 10th 2012 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Critical Approaches to American Working-Class Literature
    Edited by Michelle Tokarczyk
    To Be Published November 20th 2014
  2. James Joyce, Science, and Modernist Print Culture: “The Einstein of English Fiction”
    By Jeffrey S. Drouin
    To Be Published December 17th 2014
  3. British Spy Fiction and the End of Empire
    By Sam Goodman
    To Be Published May 14th 2015

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