Contemporary Literature and the End of the Novel: Creature, Affect, Form

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Springer, Jan 6, 2015 - Literary Criticism - 192 pages
This book explores the paradoxical productivity of the idea of the end of the novel in contemporary fiction. It shows how this idea allows some of our most significant twenty-first century writers to re-imagine the ethics and politics of literature and to figure intractable forms of life and affect.

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A pretty compelling argument for why opinion pieces on "the death of the novel" are actually good for literature. Also a good overview of the work being done right now in experimental and avant garde lit. Read full review


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2Abandoned Creatures J M Coetzee
Cosmopolitan Dissociation Teju Cole
Epic Failures Dana Spiotta Hari Kunzru Russell Banks
TheDescent oftheNovel James Meek
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Pieter Vermeulen is Assistant Professor of American literature at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He is the author of Romanticism after the Holocaust and the co-editor of, most recently, Institutions of World Literature.