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

Contents

AfterAffects
1
1 Persistent Affect Tom McCarthy David Shields Lars Iyer
19
2 Abandoned Creatures JM Coetzee
47
3 Cosmopolitan Dissociation Teju Cole
81
4 Epic Failures Dana Spiotta Hari Kunzru Russell Banks
105
The Descent of the Novel James Meek
134
Notes
153
Works Cited
167
Index
178
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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.