Routledge Literature Research

Cutting-Edge Studies and Edited Collections


Routledge Research is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Ranging in scholarship across the humanities and social sciences, Routledge Research titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics. Our publishing program in Literature research has grown rapidly in recent years, and we are pleased to be offering books ranging from Medieval to Contemporary literature, and covering topics such as Postcolonial Literature, Children’s Literature, Atlantics Studies, American Studies, and Travel Writing.

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Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

This series takes an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, visiting topics such as philosophy, science, race, gender, film, and ecocriticism.
 

  1. Apocalyptic Discourse in Contemporary Culture

    Post-Millennial Perspectives on the End of the World

    Edited by Monica Germana, Aris Mousoutzanis

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    This interdisciplinary collection of essays focuses on critical and theoretical responses to the apocalypse of the late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century cultural production. Examining the ways in which apocalyptic discourses have had an impact on how we read the world’s globalised space,...

    Published July 24th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Asian American Literature and the Environment

    Edited by Lorna Fitzsimmons, Youngsuk Chae, Bella Adams

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    This book is a ground-breaking transnational study of representations of the environment in Asian American literature. Extending and renewing Asian American studies and ecocriticism by drawing the two fields into deeper dialogue, it brings Asian American writers to the center of ecocritical studies...

    To Be Published November 4th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Cartographies of Exile

    Edited by Karen Elizabeth Bishop

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    This volume seeks to understand the cartographical imperative inherent in exile, investigating the relationship between exile – understood broadly to include external and internal exile, diaspora, deterritorialization, reterritorialization, expatriation, migrants, refugees, nomads, and the forcibly...

    To Be Published March 1st 2015 by Routledge

  4. Class and the Making of American Literature

    Created Unequal

    Edited by Andrew Lawson

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    This book refocuses current understandings of American Literature from the revolutionary period to the present-day through an analytical accounting of class, reestablishing a foundation for discussions of class in American culture. American Studies scholars have explored the ways in which American...

    Published March 3rd 2014 by Routledge

  5. Contemporary Trauma Narratives

    Liminality and the Ethics of Form

    Edited by Jean-Michel Ganteau, Susana Onega

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    This book provides a comprehensive compilation of essays on the relationship between formal experimentation and ethics in a number of generically hybrid or "liminal" narratives dealing with individual and collective traumas, running the spectrum from the testimonial novel and the fictional...

    Published May 4th 2014 by Routledge

  6. Liminality and the Short Story

    Boundary Crossings in American, Canadian, and British Writing

    Edited by Jochen Achilles, Ina Bergmann

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    This book is a study of the short story, one of the widest taught genres in English literature, from an innovative methodological perspective. Both liminality and the short story are well-researched phenomena, but the combination of both is not frequent. This book discusses the relevance of the...

    To Be Published November 26th 2014 by Routledge

  7. Literature and the Glocal City

    Reshaping the English Canadian Imaginary

    Edited by Ana María Fraile-Marcos

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    The modern city is a space that can simultaneously represent the principles of its homeland alongside its own unique blend of the cultures that intermingle within its city limits. This book makes an intervention in Canadian literary criticism by foregrounding both ‘globalism,’ which is...

    Published July 25th 2014 by Routledge

  8. Music and Identity in Postcolonial British South-Asian Literature

    By Christin Hoene

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    This book examines the role of music in British-South Asian postcolonial literature, asking how music relates to the construction of postcolonial identity. It focuses on novels that explore the postcolonial condition in India, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom: Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy, Amit...

    To Be Published August 4th 2014 by Routledge

  9. Narrative Space and Time

    Representing Impossible Topologies in Literature

    By Elana Gomel

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    Space is a central topic in cultural and narrative theory today, although in most cases theory assumes Newtonian absolute space. However, the idea of a universal homogeneous space is now obsolete. Black holes, multiple dimensions, quantum entanglement, and spatio-temporal distortions of relativity...

    Published March 4th 2014 by Routledge

  10. Representations of War, Migration, and Refugeehood

    Interdisciplinary Perspectives

    Edited by Daniel H. Rellstab, Christiane Schlote

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    War, migration, and refugeehood are inextricably linked and the complex nature of all three phenomena offers profound opportunities for representation and misrepresentation. This volume brings together international contributors and practitioners from a wide range of fields, practices, and...

    To Be Published October 24th 2014 by Routledge

  11. Rethinking Empathy through Literature

    Edited by Meghan Marie Hammond, Sue J. Kim

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    In recent years, a growing field of empathy studies has started to emerge from several academic disciplines, including neuroscience, social psychology, and philosophy. Because literature plays a central role in discussions of empathy across disciplines, reconsidering how literature relates to "...

    Published July 25th 2014 by Routledge

  12. Singularity and Transnational Poetics

    Edited by Birgit Mara Kaiser

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    Over the past decade ‘singularity’ has been a prominent term in a broad range of fields, ranging from philosophy to literary and cultural studies to science and technology studies. This volume intervenes in this broad discussion of singularity and its various implications, proposing to explore the...

    To Be Published November 29th 2014 by Routledge

  13. The Future of Testimony

    Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Witnessing

    Edited by Antony Rowland, Jane Kilby

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the groundbreaking Testimony, this collection brings together the leading academics from a range of scholarly fields to explore the meaning, use, and value of testimony in law and politics, its relationship to other forms of writing like literature and...

    Published June 9th 2014 by Routledge

  14. Trauma in Contemporary Literature

    Narrative and Representation

    Edited by Marita Nadal, Mónica Calvo

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    Trauma in Contemporary Literature analyzes contemporary narrative texts in English in the light of trauma theory, including essays by scholars of different countries who approach trauma from a variety of perspectives. The book analyzes and applies the most relevant concepts and themes discussed in...

    Published April 1st 2014 by Routledge

  15. Community and Culture in Post-Soviet Cuba

    By Guillermina De Ferrari

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    Following the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the globalization of Cuban culture, along with the bankruptcy of the state, partly modified the terms of intellectual engagement. However, no significant change took place at the political level. In Community and Culture in Post-Soviet Cuba, De...

    Published January 12th 2014 by Routledge

  16. Cognition, Literature, and History

    Edited by Mark J. Bruhn, Donald R. Wehrs

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    Cognition, Literature, and History models the ways in which cognitive and literary studies may collaborate and thereby mutually advance. It shows how understanding of underlying structures of mind can productively inform literary analysis and historical inquiry, and how formal and historical...

    Published November 22nd 2013 by Routledge

  17. Literature, Speech Disorders, and Disability

    Talking Normal

    Edited by Christopher Eagle

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    Examining representations of speech disorders in works of literature, this first collection of its kind founds a new multidisciplinary subfield related but not limited to the emerging fields of disability studies and medical humanities. The scope is wide-ranging both in terms of national...

    Published October 7th 2013 by Routledge

  18. The Unnameable Monster in Literature and Film

    By Maria Beville

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    This book visits the 'Thing' in its various manifestations as an unnameable monster in literature and film, reinforcing the idea that the very essence of the monster is its excess and its indeterminacy. Tied primarily to the artistic modes of the gothic, science fiction, and horror, the unnameable...

    Published October 7th 2013 by Routledge

  19. Mobile Narratives

    Travel, Migration, and Transculturation

    Edited by Eleftheria Arapoglou, Mónika Fodor, Jopi Nyman

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    Emphasizing the role of travel and migration in the performance and transformation of identity, this volume addresses representations of travel, mobility, and migration in 19th–21st-century travel writing, literature, and media texts. In so doing, the book analyses the role of the various cultural,...

    Published September 16th 2013 by Routledge

  20. Shipwreck in Art and Literature

    Images and Interpretations from Antiquity to the Present Day

    Edited by Carl Thompson

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    Tales of shipwreck have always fascinated audiences, and as a result there is a rich literature of suffering at sea, and an equally rich tradition of visual art depicting this theme. Exploring the shifting semiotics and symbolism of shipwreck, the interdisciplinary essays in this volume provide a...

    Published August 15th 2013 by Routledge

  21. International Perspectives in Feminist Ecocriticism

    Edited by Greta Gaard, Simon C. Estok, Serpil Oppermann

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    Exploring environmental literature from a feminist perspective, this volume presents a diversity of feminist ecocritical approaches to affirm the continuing contributions, relevance, and necessity of a feminist perspective in environmental literature, culture, and science. Feminist ecocriticism has...

    Published May 27th 2013 by Routledge

  22. Feminist Theory Across Disciplines

    Feminist Community and American Women's Poetry

    By Shira Wolosky

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    Defying traditional definitions of public and private as gendered terms, and broadening discussion of women’s writing in relation to feminist work done in other fields, this study addresses American women’s poetry from the seventeenth to late-twentieth century. Engaging the fields of literary...

    Published April 4th 2013 by Routledge

  23. William Blake and the Digital Humanities

    Collaboration, Participation, and Social Media

    By Roger Whitson, Jason Whittaker

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    William Blake’s work demonstrates two tendencies that are central to social media: collaboration and participation. Not only does Blake cite and adapt the work of earlier authors and visual artists, but contemporary authors, musicians, and filmmakers feel compelled to use Blake in their own...

    Published December 18th 2012 by Routledge

  24. American Studies, Ecocriticism, and Citizenship

    Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons

    Edited by Joni Adamson, Kimberly N. Ruffin

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    This collection reclaims public intellectuals and scholars important to the foundational work in American Studies that contributed to emerging conceptions of an "ecological citizenship" advocating something other than nationalism or an "exclusionary ethics of place." Co-editors Adamson and Ruffin...

    Published December 18th 2012 by Routledge

  25. Stanley Cavell, Literature, and Film

    The Idea of America

    Edited by Andrew Taylor, Áine Kelly

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    This is the first book to offer a thorough examination of the relationship that Stanley Cavell’s celebrated philosophical work has to the ways in which the United States has been imagined and articulated in its literature. Establishing the contours of Cavell’s most significant readings of American...

    Published December 18th 2012 by Routledge

  26. Postcolonial Readings of Music in World Literature

    By Cameron Fae Bushnell

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    This book reads representations of Western music in literary texts to reveal the ways in which artifacts of imperial culture function within contemporary world literature. Bushnell argues that Western music’s conventions for performance, composition, and listening, established during the colonial...

    Published November 12th 2012 by Routledge

  27. Eugenics, Literature, and Culture in Post-war Britain

    By Clare Hanson

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    This book explores eugenics in its wider social context and in literary representations in post-war Britain. Drawing on a wide range of sources in medicine, social and educational policy, genetics, popular science, science fiction, and literary texts, Hanson tracks the dynamic interactions between...

    Published August 9th 2012 by Routledge

  28. Wallace Stevens and Pre-Socratic Philosophy

    Metaphysics and the Play of Violence

    By Daniel Tompsett

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    This book studies Wallace Stevens and pre-Socratic philosophy, showing how concepts that animate Stevens’ poetry parallel concepts and techniques found in the poetic works of Parmenides, Empedocles, and Xenophanes, and in the fragments of Heraclitus. Tompsett traces the transition of...

    Published June 18th 2012 by Routledge

  29. Modern Orthodoxies

    Judaic Imaginative Journeys of the Twentieth Century

    By Lisa Mulman

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    This study introduces a genuine, provocative religious vocabulary into the discourse on Modernist art and literature. Mulman looks at key texts and figures of the Modern period, including Henry Roth, Amedeo Modigliani, James Joyce, and Art Spiegelman, revealing a significant engagement with the...

    Published May 16th 2012 by Routledge

  30. The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture

    Pop Goth

    Edited by Justin Edwards, Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    This interdisciplinary collection brings together world leaders in Gothic Studies, offering dynamic new readings on popular Gothic cultural productions from the last decade. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: contemporary High Street Goth/ic fashion, Gothic performance and art...

    Published May 8th 2012 by Routledge

  31. The Cinema and the Origins of Literary Modernism

    By Andrew Shail

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    Modernist writing has always been linked with cinema. The recent renaissance in early British film studies has allowed cinema to emerge as a major historical context for literary practice. Treating cinema as a historical rather than an aesthetic influence, this book analyzes the role of early...

    Published February 27th 2012 by Routledge

  32. Narratives of Migration and Displacement in Dominican Literature

    By Danny Méndez

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    Establishing an interdisciplinary connection between Migration Studies, Post-Colonial Studies and Affect Theory, Méndez analyzes the symbolic interplay between emotions, cognitions, and displacement in the narratives written by and about Dominican and Dominican-Americans in the United States and...

    Published February 1st 2012 by Routledge

  33. The Black Female Body in American Literature and Art

    Performing Identity

    By Caroline Brown

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    This book examines how African-American writers and visual artists interweave icon and inscription in order to re-present the black female body, traditionally rendered alien and inarticulate within Western discursive and visual systems. Brown considers how the writings of Toni Morrison, Gayl Jones,...

    Published December 21st 2011 by Routledge

  34. Magic, Science, and Empire in Postcolonial Literature

    The Alchemical Literary Imagination

    By Kathleen Renk

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    This book examines the ways in which contemporary British and British postcolonial writers in the after-empire era draw connections between magic (defined here as Renaissance Hermetic philosophy) and science. Writers such as Tom Stoppard, Zadie Smith, and Margaret Atwood critique both imperial...

    Published October 17th 2011 by Routledge

  35. Resistance to Science in Contemporary American Poetry

    By Bryan Walpert

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    This book examines types of resistance in contemporary poetry to the authority of scientific knowledge, tracing the source of these resistances to both their literary precedents and the scientific zeitgeists that helped to produce them. Walpert argues that contemporary poetry offers a palimpsest of...

    Published September 25th 2011 by Routledge

  36. Theoretical Perspectives on Human Rights and Literature

    Edited by Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg, Alexandra Schultheis Moore

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    What can literary theory reveal about discourses and practices of human rights, and how can human rights frameworks help to make sense of literature? How have human rights concerns shaped the literary marketplace, and how can literature impact human rights concerns? Essays in this volume theorize...

    Published September 26th 2011 by Routledge

  37. Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century

    Edited by Stephanie LeMenager, Teresa Shewry, Ken Hiltner

    Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

    Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century showcases the recent explosive expansion of environmental criticism, which is actively transforming three areas of broad interest in contemporary literary and cultural studies: history, scale, and science. With contributors engaging texts from...

    Published May 5th 2011 by Routledge