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Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature


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From Joyce to Rushdie, Modernism to Food Writing, Routledge Studies in Twentieth Century Literature looks at both the literature and culture of the 20th century. This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering literature alongside religion, popular culture, race, gender, ecology, travel, class, space, and other subjects, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Altered Consciousness in the Twentieth Century

Altered Consciousness in the Twentieth Century

1st Edition

Jake Poller
February 25, 2019

The twentieth century saw an unprecedented spike in the study of altered states of consciousness. New ASCs, such as those associated with LSD and psilocybin mushrooms, were cultivated and studied, while older ASCs were given new classifications: out-of-body experiences, near-death experiences,...

The Stability of Laughter: The Problem of Joy in Modernist Literature

The Stability of Laughter: The Problem of Joy in Modernist Literature

1st Edition

James Nikopoulos
December 11, 2018

A "sad and corrupt" age, a period of "crisis" and "upheaval"—what T.S. Eliot famously summed up as "the panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history." Modernism has always been characterized by its self-conscious sense of suffering. Why, then, was it so obsessed with laughter?...

Composing Modernist Connections in China and Europe

Composing Modernist Connections in China and Europe

1st Edition

Chunjie Zhang
September 27, 2018

Global modernisms are marked by tremendous transformations in lifestyle, historical consciousness, cultural values, ethics, wars, and crises. This book emphasizes modernist connections within literature, culture, history, and media beyond the nation state and the bifurcation between East and West....

Dramatizing Time in Twentieth-Century Fiction

Dramatizing Time in Twentieth-Century Fiction

1st Edition

William Vesterman
September 27, 2018

How have twentieth-century writers used techniques in fiction to communicate the human experience of time? Dramatizing Time in Twentieth-Century Fiction explores this question by analyzing major narratives of the last century that demonstrate how time becomes variously manifested to reflect and...

Making Space in the Works of James Joyce

Making Space in the Works of James Joyce

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Valerie Benejam, John Bishop
August 23, 2018

James Joyce’s preoccupation with space—be it urban, geographic, stellar, geometrical or optical—is a central and idiosyncratic feature of his work. In Making Space in the Works of James Joyce, some of the most esteemed scholars in Joyce studies have come together to evaluate the perception and...

James Joyce, Science, and Modernist Print Culture: “The Einstein of English Fiction”

James Joyce, Science, and Modernist Print Culture: “The Einstein of English Fiction”

1st Edition

Jeffrey S. Drouin
August 23, 2018

This book makes an important intervention in the ongoing debates about modernism, science, and the divisions of early Twentieth-Century print culture. In order to establish Joyce's place in the nexus of modernism and scientific thought, Drouin uses the methods of periodical studies and textual...

Collage and Literature: The Persistence of Vision

Collage and Literature: The Persistence of Vision

1st Edition

Scarlett Higgins
July 19, 2018

Collage and Literature analyzes how and why the history of literature and art changed irrevocably beginning in the early years of the twentieth century, and what that change has meant for late modernism and postmodernism. Starting from Pablo Picasso’s 1912 gesture, breaking the...

Bringing Up War-Babies: The Wartime Child in Women’s Writing and Psychoanalysis at Mid-Century

Bringing Up War-Babies: The Wartime Child in Women’s Writing and Psychoanalysis at Mid-Century

1st Edition

Amanda Jones
June 05, 2018

The figure of the wartime child in the mid-twentieth century unsettles and disturbs. This book employs a range of material – biographical, literary and historical – to chart some of the surprising and unanticipated crossovers between women’s writing and early psychoanalysis in the years of the...

Unlocking the Poetry of W. B. Yeats: Heart Mysteries

Unlocking the Poetry of W. B. Yeats: Heart Mysteries

1st Edition

Daniel Tompsett
June 05, 2018

Unlocking the Poetry of W.B. Yeats undertakes a thorough re-reading of Yeats' oeuvre as an extended meditation on the image and theme of the heart as it is evident within the poetry. It places the heart at the centre of a complex web of Yeatsian preoccupations and associations—from the biographical...

Lorca’s Legacy: Essays in Interpretation

Lorca’s Legacy: Essays in Interpretation

1st Edition

Jonathan Mayhew
May 10, 2018

In Lorca’s Legacy, Jonathan Mayhew explores multiple aspects of the creative and critical afterlife of Federico García Lorca, the most internationally recognized Spanish poet and playwright of the twentieth century. Lorca is an iconic and charismatic figure who has evoked the admiration and...

The Early Avant-Garde in Twentieth-Century Literature and Art

The Early Avant-Garde in Twentieth-Century Literature and Art

1st Edition

Willard Bohn
May 02, 2018

This book focuses on avant-garde literature and art in Europe and America during the first quarter of the twentieth century. It examines five movements that shaped our response to the demands of the modern age and contributed to the creation of a modern sensibility: Cubism, Futurism, the...

Essays on Music and Language in Modernist Literature: Musical Modernism

Essays on Music and Language in Modernist Literature: Musical Modernism

1st Edition

Katherine O'Callaghan
January 24, 2018

This volume explores the role of music as a source of inspiration and provocation for modernist writers. In its consideration of modernist literature within a broad political, postcolonial, and internationalist context, this book is an important intervention in the growing field of Words and Music...

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