Fundamentalism and Literature

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Catherine Pesso-Miquel, Klaus Stierstorfer
Palgrave Macmillan, Jan 9, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 220 pages
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Ever since Ayatollah Khomeini declared the notorious fatwa against novelist Salman Rushdie in 1989, the fact that literature and fundamentalism have mutual resonances has become obvious. With recent events, from the 9/11 World Trade Centre mayhem to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, fundamentalism has become one of the most pressing concerns of our time. This volume explores its manifold reverberations in writing in English. The contributions approach the phenomenon of fundamentalism in its various guises, which are not restricted to Islamic fundamentalism. They explore fundamentalism's changing and ambiguous relationships with literature, showing literature as neither complicit nor simply subversive but as an open field where negotiations still appear possible.

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About the author (2007)

Klause Stierstorfer is Professor of English at the University of Münster, Germany. He studied at the Universities of Regensburg and Oxford, received his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford, trained as a secondary school teacher and became assistant professor at the University of Würzburg, from where he moved on to take up his professorships at Düsseldorf and, since 2004, at Münster. His publications include John Oxenford (1812-1877) as Farceur and Critic of Comedy (1996); (ed., introd., annot.), London Assurance and Other Victorian Comedies. Oxford World's Classics (2001); Konstruktion literarischer Vergangenheit (2001), and (series editor) Women Writing Home, 6 vols. (forthcoming 2006).

Catherine Pesso-Miquel
is Assistant Professor in the English Department of the Sorbonne University in Paris. She received her D. Phil at the Sorbonne University, after studying at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. Her publications include Toiles trouées et désert lunaires dans Moon Palace de Paul Auster (1996), Alexander's Bridge de Willa Cather (2001), and numerous articles focusing on post-colonial literature and the contemporary British novel.