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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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CHRISTINA CHANDLER ANDREWS completed her PhD in English at the University of St Andrews in 2012. Her thesis, The Transfiguring Event: Phenomenological Readings of Ian McEwan’s Late Fiction, investigates ways in which McEwan’s fictions embody and enact fundamental aspects of phe- nomenological philosophy, especially that of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. This work exemplifies Christina’s primary research interest: the formulation of a phenomenology of reading based on the meaningful reciprocal relation- ship between philosophical and literary texts, a relationship that enriches both. Her broader research interests include modern and contemporary British and American literature, narratology, literary theory, film theory, and post-9/11 literatures. ANGELIKA BAIER is a project assistant in the German Department at the University of Vienna (Project: Discursive Intersections in Literature on Hermaphroditism, funded by the Austrian Science Fund). She com- pleted her PhD at the University of Vienna in 2008 with a dissertation on German rap lyrics. Her research focuses on Austrian and German contem- porary literature, gender studies, af fect studies, and popular culture stud- ies. Recent publications include ‘Ich muss meinen Namen in den Himmel schreiben’ – Narration und Selbstkonstitution im deutschen Rap (2012); ‘Autobiografisches Erzählen zwischen den Geschlechtern – Der österrei- chische Dokumentarfilm Tintenfischalarm’, in Brigitte Jirku, and Marion Schulz (eds), Performativität statt Tradition: Autobiografische Diskurse von Frauen (2012). GUNHILD BERG is Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg and teaches in the Department of Literature of the University of Konstanz. Currently she is the chair of the research project titled ‘“Versuch” and “Experiment”. Concepts of Experimentation between Sciences and Literature...

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