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Readings in Twenty-First-Century European Literatures

Edited By Michael Gratzke, Margaret-Anne Hutton and Claire Whitehead

Readings in Twenty-First-Century European Literatures brings together analyses of post-2000 literary works from twelve European literatures. Sharing a common aim – that of taking the first step in identifying and analysing some of the emergent trends in contemporary European literatures – scholars from across Europe come together in this volume to address a range of issues. Topics include the post-postmodern; the effect of new media on literary production; the relationship between history, fiction and testimony; migrant writing and world literature; representation of ageing and intersexuality; life in hypermodernity; translation, both linguistic and cultural; and the institutional forces at work in the production and reception of twenty-first-century texts. Reading across the twenty chapters affords an opportunity to reconsider what is meant by both ‘European’ and ‘contemporary literature’ and to recontextualize single-discipline perspectives in a comparatist framework.


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Camille de Toledo Zwischen-las-lenguas is where I stand ix Margaret-Anne Hutton Introduction 1 Part I After Postmodernism? Narrative, Genre, Form 17 Kristin Veel Surveillance Narratives: Overload, Desire and Representation in Contemporary Narrative Fiction 19 Erika Fülöp The Blogosphere and the Gutenberg Galaxy and Other Impossible Oppositions: Éric Chevillard’s L’Autofictif 39 Ricardo Fernández Romero Dirty Metaphysics: The Novels of Pablo Sánchez 59 Nicolas Dreyer Contemporary Russian Fiction: insanis, demens et delirans? 79 vi Marina Ortrud M. Hertrampf ‘Écrire le réel malade’: Régis Jauf fret’s Shocking Panorama of Contemporary French Society in Microfictions (2007) 101 Léa Vuong Pascal Quignard’s Metamorphoses: A Contemporary Recuperation of Literary Fairy Tales 119 Part II History, Fiction, Testimony 137 Angela Kershaw Reading Némirovsky Now: Resistant Representations of the Second World War in Twenty-First-Century French Literature 139 Peter Sjølyst-Jackson Reframing History: Fiction and Testimony in Roy Jacobsen’s The Loggers 161 Anja Gerigk Memory Trouble After Post-Histoire: Terézia Mora’s Alle Tage 181 Sven Kramer Reconsidering ‘Heimat’: Jenny Erpenbeck’s Novel Heimsuchung (2008) 197 Andrea Gazzoni Migrant Storytelling: Trauma, History, Stories and Restoration in Cross-Cultural Literature in Contemporary Italy 211 vii Nathalie Froloff A Radical Renewal of the Autobiography in French Contemporary Literature: Ernaux and Carrère 237 Part III Human Relations: Being in the Twenty-First Century 257 Angelika Baier Intersections: Hermaphroditism as a ‘Travelling Concept’ in Ulrike Draesner’s Novel Mitgift (2002) 259 Catherine du Toit Ageing in the Twenty-First Century 279 Michèle A. Schaal The Hypermodern Condition in Isabelle...

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