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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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11-20 of 36 results in Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature
  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

Forthcoming Books

  1. AIDS Literature and Gay Identity: The Literature of Loss
    By Monica B. Pearl
    To Be Published July 7th 2015
  2. British Spy Fiction and the End of Empire
    By Sam Goodman
    To Be Published July 8th 2015
  3. Jorge Luis Borges, Post-Analytic Philosophy, and Representation
    By Silvia G. Dapía
    To Be Published September 8th 2015

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