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Authors’ Empathy

Suzanne Keen

in Empathy and the Novel

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195175769
eISBN:
9780199851232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175769.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the relationship of empathy to novelists' craft of fiction. It suggests that contemporary novelists frequently connect fiction with empathy in their comments on creativity and ... More


Holocaust Reading: Memory and Identification in Holocaust Fiction, 1990–2003

Robert Eaglestone

in The Holocaust and the Postmodern

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199265930
eISBN:
9780191708596
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265930.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Holocaust fiction from 1990 onwards. It discusses the definitions of Holocaust fiction, and argues that the definition should be much broader than is generally recognised, by ... More


Aggressive Fictions: Reading the Contemporary American Novel

Kathryn Hume

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450013
eISBN:
9780801462870
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450013.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

A frequent complaint against contemporary American fiction is that too often it puts off readers in ways they find difficult to fathom. Books such as Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, Katherine ... More


The Second World War in Contemporary British Fiction: Secret Histories

Victoria Stewart

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640997
eISBN:
9780748651832
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640997.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Focusing on the upsurge of interest in the Second World War in recent British novels, this book explores the ways in which secrecy and secret work – including code breaking, espionage and special ... More


The Present

Mark Currie

in About Time: Narrative, Fiction and the Philosophy of Time

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748624249
eISBN:
9780748652037
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624249.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter addresses the contemporary novel in the context of social theories of time and philosophical accounts of time. It also argues against the predominance of ‘retrospective’ models of ... More


Reading behind the lines: Postmemory in contemporary British war fiction

Natasha Alden

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780719088933
eISBN:
9781781706367
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719088933.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This study applies the concept of postmemory, developed in Holocaust studies, to novels by contemporary British writers. The first monograph-length study of postmemory in British fiction, it focuses ... More


Sideways in Time: Critical Essays on Alternate History Fiction

Glyn Morgan and Charul Palmer-Patel (eds)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620139
eISBN:
9781789623765
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620139.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book is the first collection of scholarly essays on alternate history in over a decade and features contributions from a mixture of major figures and rising stars in the field of science fiction ... More


Trauma Fiction

Anne Whitehead

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748618576
eISBN:
9780748651726
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618576.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The literary potential of trauma is examined in this book, bringing trauma theory and literary texts together to focus on the ways in which contemporary novelists explore the theme of trauma and ... More


Twenty-First-Century Fiction: Contemporary British Voices

Daniel Lea

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719081491
eISBN:
9781526121097
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719081491.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This study explores the landscape of contemporary British fiction through detailed analysis of five authors that have emerged to critical prominence in the 21st century. The authors addressed - Ali ... More


The Quiet Contemporary American Novel

Rachel Sykes

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781526108876
eISBN:
9781526132444
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526108876.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

What does it mean to describe a novel as ‘quiet’? The quiet contemporary American novel defines the term as an aesthetic of narrative that is driven by reflective principles. While, at first ... More


Introduction: Zombie Fiction

Tim Lanzendörfer

in Books of the Dead: Reading the Zombie in Contemporary Literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781496819062
eISBN:
9781496819109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496819062.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The introduction lays out the necessary background to the zombie in contemporary fiction. It starts by offering a general idea of the zombie’s contemporary valence and then offers a brief history of ... More


Italian Tales: An Anthology of Contemporary Italian Fiction

Massimo Riva (ed.)

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300095302
eISBN:
9780300129694
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300095302.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This book serves as a literary map to guide readers through the varied geography of contemporary Italian fiction. The book includes English-language translations of short stories and excerpts from ... More


David Foster Wallace's Balancing Books: Fictions of Value

Jeffrey Severs

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780231179447
eISBN:
9780231543118
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231179447.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

What do we value? Why do we value it? And in a neoliberal age, can morality ever displace money as the primary means of defining value? These are the questions that drove David Foster Wallace, a ... More


Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction: The New Memory of Latinidad

Ylce Irizarry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039911
eISBN:
9780252098079
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039911.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book moves beyond literature that prioritizes assimilation to examine how contemporary fiction depicts being Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, or Puerto Rican within Chicana/o and Latina/o America. The ... More


Introduction

Victoria Stewart

in The Second World War in Contemporary British Fiction: Secret Histories

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640997
eISBN:
9780748651832
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640997.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This introductory chapter studies the importance of secrecy as a theme and structural device in contemporary fiction, first looking at the significance of secrecy during the Second World War, ... More


Animal Writing: Storytelling, Selfhood and the Limits of Empathy

Danielle Sands

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474439039
eISBN:
9781474476881
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439039.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Reading contemporary fiction and philosophy alongside each other, Animal Writingproposes a thinking of and with animals which brings together critical and affective approaches. Aspiring to a critical ... More


Minor Characters Have Their Day: Genre and the Contemporary Literary Marketplace

Jeremy Rosen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231177443
eISBN:
9780231542401
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231177443.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

How do genres develop? In what ways do they reflect changing political and cultural trends? What do they tell us about the motivations of publishers and readers? Combining close readings and formal ... More


Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction: An Intervention in Medical Humanities

Anne Whitehead

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780748686186
eISBN:
9781474438728
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748686186.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book offers a critique of the dominant understanding and deployment of empathy in the mainstream medical humanities. Drawing on feminist theory, it positions empathy not as something that one ... More


Narrative and Becoming

Ridvan Askin

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781474414562
eISBN:
9781474426947
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414562.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

What is narrative? Ridvan Askin answers this question by bringing together aesthetics, contemporary North American fiction, Gilles Deleuze, narrative theory and the recent speculative turn. Through ... More


Narrating Precariousness

Anne Fuchs

in Precarious Times: Temporality and History in Modern German Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781501735103
eISBN:
9781501734816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501735103.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter focuses on the experience of precarious times in contemporary German fiction. The first part queries the binary distinction between modernist and postmodernist literature in the light of ... More


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