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Readings in Twenty-First-Century European Literatures

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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9/11 2, 7, 10, 326, 328, 337 see also war, war on terror Abonji, Melinda Nadj 425 Adler, H.G. (Hans Günther) 142 Agamben, Giorgio 8, 11, 12, 16 ageing 15, 279–301, 380, 432 Akhmatova, Anna 95 Alexakis, Vassilis 5, 376, 378–9 Ali Farah, Cristina 5, 212, 219, 226–9, 232 Allemann, Urs 388 Alvarez, Julia 375 Ambrose, Margaret 375–7 Amis, Martin 6, 10, 326, 335–6 anachronisms 249, 290–1 Antonioni, Michelangelo 81, 86–7 Apuleius 123–4 Arendt, Hannah 212–13 Assouline, Pierre 141–2, 146–9 Auerbach, Erich 2, 15 Austrian literature 2, 4, 6, 14, 385–403, 405–30 autobiography 30, 68, 67–71, 237–55, 268–9, 414 autofiction 11, 39–58, 60, 239, 307 see also narration and biography Bal, Mieke 260–2, 275 Balzac, Honoré de 102, 115, 286, 296 Barnes, Julian 161 Barre, Siad 225, 229 Barthes, Roland on biographèmes 110 on fragments 45, 50, 52–3 and Giorgio Agamben 12 on hermeneutic code 157 as postmodern writer 270 on readerly identification 143 on white writing 116 Bassnett, Susan 349, 363 Bataille, George 107–8, 112 Baudelaire, Charles 50, 283 Baudrillard, Jean 64–6, 310 Beauvoir, Simone de 288, 290 Becker, Zdenka 405, 411, 422, 425 Beineix, Jean-Jacques 283 Belyi, Andrei 91, 93, 96 Benjamin, Walter 20, 111, 119–22, 213, 223 Berlin 23, 199 Berr, Hélène 143–4 Bible, The 274, 353, 362 blogs (weblogs) 11, 39–58, 61, 303 Blok, Aleksandr 91, 96 Bloom,...

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