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 Studies in Contemporary Literature

  1. Intertextual and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cormac McCarthy

    Borders and Crossings

    Edited by Nicholas Monk

    Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

    This collection offers a fresh approach to the work of Cormac McCarthy, one of the most important contemporary American authors. Essays focus on his work across the genres and/or in constellation with other writers and artists, presenting not only a different "angle" on the work, but setting him...

    Published October 17th 2011 by Routledge

  2. Beyond Cyberpunk

    New Critical Perspectives

    Edited by Graham J. Murphy, Sherryl Vint

    Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

    In this collection of essays, contributors consider the continuing cultural relevance of the cyberpunk genre into the new millennium. Cyberpunk is no longer an emergent phenomenon, but in our digital age of CGI-driven entertainment, the information economy, and globalized capital, we have never...

    Published May 16th 2010 by Routledge

  3. Criticism, Crisis, and Contemporary Narrative

    Textual Horizons in an Age of Global Risk

    Edited by Paul Crosthwaite

    Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

    The etymological affinity between ‘criticism’ and ‘crisis’ has never been more resonant than it is today, when social life is increasingly understood as defined by a succession of overlapping global crises: financial and economic crises; environmental crises; geopolitical crises; terrorist crises;...

    Published December 1st 2010 by Routledge

  4. Diseases and Disorders in Contemporary Fiction

    The Syndrome Syndrome

    Edited by James Peacock, Tim Lustig

    Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

    The essays in this collection address the current preoccupation with neurological conditions and disorders in contemporary literature by British and American writers. The book places these fictional treatments within a broader cultural and historical context, exploring such topics as the two...

    Published March 26th 2013 by Routledge

  5. Food and Culture in Contemporary American Fiction

    By Lorna Piatti-Farnell

    Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

    Establishing an interdisciplinary connection between Food Studies and American literary scholarship, Piatti-Farnell investigates the significances of food and eating in American fiction, from 1980 to the present day. She argues that culturally-coded representations of the culinary illuminate...

    Published July 13th 2011 by Routledge

  6. Global Issues in Contemporary Hispanic Women's Writing

    Shaping Gender, the Environment, and Politics

    Edited by Estrella Cibreiro, Francisca López

    Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

    This collection explores the contributions of Hispanic women writers to ongoing Western debates on gender, power, ethics, and the environment, offering a wide range of essays that specifically portray the ways in which contemporary writers focus on issues of global impact in a deliberate and...

    Published November 5th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Identity and Form in Contemporary Literature

    Edited by Ana María Sánchez-Arce

    Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

    This ambitious and wide-ranging essay collection analyses how identity and form intersect in twentieth- and twenty-first century literature. It revises and deconstructs the binary oppositions identity-form, content-form and body-mind through discussions of the role of the author in the...

    Published October 2nd 2013 by Routledge

  8. Literature after 9/11

    Edited by Ann Keniston, Jeanne Follansbee Quinn

    Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

    Drawing on trauma theory, genre theory, political theory, and theories of postmodernity, space, and temporality, Literature After 9/11 suggests ways that these often distinct discourses can be recombined and set into dialogue with one another as it explores 9/11’s effects on literature and...

    Published July 17th 2008 by Routledge

  9. Reading Chuck Palahniuk

    American Monsters and Literary Mayhem

    Edited by Cynthia Kuhn, Lance Rubin

    Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

    Reading Chuck Palahniuk examines how the author pushes through a variety of boundaries to shape fiction and to question American identity in powerful and important ways. Palahniuk's innovative stylistic accomplishments and notoriously disturbing subject matters invite close analysis, and the new...

    Published September 13th 2009 by Routledge

  10. Religion in Cormac McCarthy’s Fiction

    Apocryphal Borderlands

    By Manuel Broncano

    Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

    This book addresses the religious scope of Cormac McCarthy’s fiction, one of the most controversial issues in studies of his work. Current criticism is divided between those who find a theological dimension in his works, and those who reject such an approach on the grounds that the nihilist...

    Published November 21st 2013 by Routledge

  11. Spatial Politics in Contemporary London Literature

    Writing Architecture and the Body

    By Laura Colombino

    Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

    This book analyses the spatial politics of a range of British novelists writing on London since the 1950s, emphasizing spatial representation as an embodied practice at the point where the architectural landscape and the body enter into relation with each other. Colombino visits the city in...

    Published March 7th 2013 by Routledge

  12. The Vampire in Contemporary Popular Literature

    By Lorna Piatti-Farnell

    Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

    Prominent examples from contemporary vampire literature expose a desire to re-evaluate and re-work the long-standing, folkloristic interpretation of the vampire as the immortal undead. This book explores the "new vampire" as a literary trope, offering a comprehensive critical analysis of vampires...

    Published November 5th 2013 by Routledge

  13. Trauma and Romance in Contemporary British Literature

    Edited by Jean-Michel Ganteau, Susana Onega

    Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

    Drawing on a variety of theoretical approaches including trauma theory, psychoanalysis, genre theory, narrative theory, theories of temporality, cultural theory, and ethics, this book breaks new ground in bringing together trauma and romance, two categories whose collaboration has never been...

    Published December 17th 2012 by Routledge