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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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Ulysses and Faust: Tradition and Modernism from Homer till the Present

Ulysses and Faust: Tradition and Modernism from Homer till the Present

1st Edition

Harry Redner
January 08, 2018

Ulysses and Faust: Tradition and Modernism from Homer till the Present examines the most important authors of Western literature: Homer, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Marlowe, Goethe, Joyce, Eliot, Mann, Bulgakov and Pasternak, who based their works on one or other of the two key myths of...

Writing for the Masses: Dorothy L. Sayers and the Victorian Literary Tradition

Writing for the Masses: Dorothy L. Sayers and the Victorian Literary Tradition

1st Edition

Christine Colón
December 20, 2017

In Writing for the Masses: Dorothy L. Sayers and the Victorian Literary Tradition Dr. Christine A. Colón explores how Sayers carefully negotiates the complexities of early twentieth century literary culture by embracing a specifically Victorian literary tradition of writing to engage a wide...

Nonlinear Temporality in Joyce and Walcott: History Repeating Itself with a Difference

Nonlinear Temporality in Joyce and Walcott: History Repeating Itself with a Difference

1st Edition

Sean Seeger
December 05, 2017

Nonlinear Temporality in Joyce and Walcott is the first dedicated comparative study of James Joyce and Derek Walcott. The book examines the ways in which both Joyce’s fiction and Walcott’s poetry articulate a nonlinear conception of time with radical cultural and political implications. For Joyce...

The Nature of Modernism: Ecocritical Approaches to the Poetry of Edward Thomas, T. S. Eliot, Edith Sitwell and Charlotte Mew

The Nature of Modernism: Ecocritical Approaches to the Poetry of Edward Thomas, T. S. Eliot, Edith Sitwell and Charlotte Mew

1st Edition

Elizabeth Black
November 24, 2017

This books presents the first extended study of the relationship between British modernist poetry and the environment. Challenging reductive associations of modernism as predominantly anthropocentric in character and urban in focus, the book’s central argument is that within British modernist...

Reading London in Wartime: Blitz, the People and Propaganda in 1940s Literature

Reading London in Wartime: Blitz, the People and Propaganda in 1940s Literature

1st Edition

William Cederwell
November 13, 2017

Reading London in Wartime: Blitz, the People and Propaganda in 1940s Literature presents an expansive variety of writers and genres, including non-fiction and film approaches, to build a comprehensive social picture of the atmosphere during wartime London. From blitz and austerity to the nagging...

New Perspectives on Community and the Modernist Subject: Finite, Singular, Exposed

New Perspectives on Community and the Modernist Subject: Finite, Singular, Exposed

1st Edition

María J. López, Paula Martín Salván, Gerardo Rodriguez Salas
November 08, 2017

New Perspectives on Community and the Modernist Subject: Finite, Singular, Exposed offers new approaches to the modernist subject and its relation to community. With a non-exclusive focus on narrative, the essays included provide innovative and theoretically informed readings of canonical modernist...

Modernism and Latin America: Transnational Networks of Literary Exchange

Modernism and Latin America: Transnational Networks of Literary Exchange

1st Edition

Patricia Novillo-Corvalán
October 03, 2017

This book is the first in-depth exploration of the relationship between Latin American and European modernisms during the long twentieth century. Drawing on comparative, historical, and postcolonial reading strategies (including archival research), it seeks to reenergize the study of modernism by...

Surreal Beckett: Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, and Surrealism

Surreal Beckett: Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, and Surrealism

1st Edition

Alan Warren Friedman
August 24, 2017

Surreal Beckett situates Beckett‘s writings within the context of James Joyce and Surrealism, distinguishing ways in which Beckett forged his own unique path, sometimes in accord with, sometimes at odds with, these two powerful predecessors. Beckett was so deeply enmeshed in Joyce’s circle during...

Contemporary Reconfigurations of American Literary Classics: The Origin and Evolution of American Stories

Contemporary Reconfigurations of American Literary Classics: The Origin and Evolution of American Stories

1st Edition

Betina Entzminger
May 31, 2017

The number and popularity of novels that have overtly reconfigured aspects of classic American texts suggests a curious trend for both readers and writers, an impulse to retell and reread books that have come to define American culture. This book argues that by revising canonical American...

The Epic Trickster in American Literature: From Sunjata to So(u)l

The Epic Trickster in American Literature: From Sunjata to So(u)l

1st Edition

Gregory E. Rutledge
May 31, 2017

Just as Africa and the West have traditionally fit into binaries of Darkness/Enlightenment, Savage/Modern, Ugly/Beautiful, and Ritual/Art, among others, much of Western cultural production rests upon the archetypal binary of Trickster/Epic, with trickster aesthetics and commensurate cultural forms...

Autobiographies of Others: Historical Subjects and Literary Fiction

Autobiographies of Others: Historical Subjects and Literary Fiction

1st Edition

Lucia Boldrini
May 24, 2017

In this volume, Boldrini examines "heterobiography"—the first-person fictional account of a historic life. Boldrini shows that this mode is widely employed to reflect critically on the historical and philosophical understanding of the human; on individual identity; and on the power relationships...

Singapore Literature and Culture: Current Directions in Local and Global Contexts

Singapore Literature and Culture: Current Directions in Local and Global Contexts

1st Edition

Angelia Mui Cheng Poon, Angus Whitehead
March 06, 2017

Since the nation-state sprang into being in 1965, Singapore literature in English has blossomed energetically, and yet there have been few books focusing on contextualizing and analyzing Singapore literature despite the increasing international attention garnered by Singaporean writers. This volume...

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