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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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The Situationist International in Britain: Modernism, Surrealism, and the Avant-Garde

The Situationist International in Britain: Modernism, Surrealism, and the Avant-Garde

1st Edition

Sam Cooper
August 17, 2016

This book tells, for the first time, the story of the Situationist International’s influence and afterlives in Britain, where its radical ideas have been rapturously welcomed and fiercely resisted. The Situationist International presented itself as the culmination of the twentieth century...

Silent Film and U.S. Naturalist Literature: Time, Narrative, and Modernity

Silent Film and U.S. Naturalist Literature: Time, Narrative, and Modernity

1st Edition

Katherine Fusco
March 21, 2016

Typically, studies of early cinema’s relation to literature have focused on the interactions between film and modernism. When film first emerged, however, it was naturalism, not modernism, competing for the American public’s attention. In this media ecosystem, the cinema appeared alongside the...

Locating Gender in Modernism: The Outsider Female

Locating Gender in Modernism: The Outsider Female

1st Edition

Geetha Ramanathan
March 03, 2016

This book visits modernism within a comparative, gendered, and third-world framework, questioning current scholarly categorisations of modernism and reframing our conception of what constitutes modernist aesthetics. It describes the construction of modernist studies and argues that despite a range...

Wallace Stevens, New York, and Modernism

Wallace Stevens, New York, and Modernism

1st Edition

Lisa Goldfarb, Bart Eeckhout
March 03, 2016

This unique essay collection considers the impact of New York on the life and works of Wallace Stevens. Stevens lived in New York from 1900 to 1916, working briefly as a journalist, going to law school, laboriously starting up a career as a lawyer, getting engaged and married, gradually mixing with...

Jorge Luis Borges, Post-Analytic Philosophy, and Representation

Jorge Luis Borges, Post-Analytic Philosophy, and Representation

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Silvia G. Dapía
September 01, 2015

Making an important contribution to studies in Literature and Philosophy, this book reads Jorge Luis Borges philosophically, particularly in reference to his use of representation and reality. Rather than attempting to subordinate Borges to a set of philosophical constructs, to reduce Borges’ texts...

AIDS Literature and Gay Identity: The Literature of Loss

AIDS Literature and Gay Identity: The Literature of Loss

1st Edition

Monica B. Pearl
July 16, 2015

This book discusses the significance of late twentieth century and early twenty first century American fiction written in response to the AIDS crisis and interrogates how sexual identity is depicted and constructed textually. Pearl develops Freudian psychoanalytic theory in a complex account of the...

British Spy Fiction and the End of Empire

British Spy Fiction and the End of Empire

1st Edition

Sam Goodman
June 23, 2015

The position of spy fiction is largely synonymous in popular culture with ideas of patriotism and national security, with the spy himself indicative of the defence of British interests and the preservation of British power around the globe. This book reveals a more complicated side to these...

Travel and Modernist Literature: Sacred and Ethical Journeys

Travel and Modernist Literature: Sacred and Ethical Journeys

1st Edition

Alexandra Peat
April 23, 2015

Through close readings of works from Henry James to W. E. B. Du Bois, and from Virginia Woolf to Jean Rhys, this book discusses how fictional travelers negotiate and adapt various tropes of travel (such as quest, expatriation, displacement, and exile) as models for their own journeys. Specifically,...

Primo Levi's Narratives of Embodiment: Containing the Human

Primo Levi's Narratives of Embodiment: Containing the Human

1st Edition

Charlotte Ross
April 23, 2015

This innovative reading of Primo Levi’s work offers the first sustained analysis in English of his representations of bodies and embodiment. Discussion spans the range of Levi’s works — from testimony to journalism, from essays to science fiction stories — identifying and tracing multiple...

Diary Poetics: Form and Style in Writers’ Diaries, 1915-1962

Diary Poetics: Form and Style in Writers’ Diaries, 1915-1962

1st Edition

Anna Jackson
April 23, 2015

The diary is a genre that is often thought of as virtually formless, a "capacious hold-all" for the writer’s thoughts, and as offering unmediated access to the diarist’s true self. Focusing on the diaries of Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, Antonia White, Joe Orton, John Cheever, and Sylvia...

Jewishness and Masculinity from the Modern to the Postmodern

Jewishness and Masculinity from the Modern to the Postmodern

1st Edition

Neil R. Davison
April 23, 2015

This study examines the impact of racial, gender, and religious constructs of Jewish masculinity on a select group of male writers including George Du Maurier, Theodor Herzl, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and Philip Roth during the Modernist and Postmodern eras. In reading the work of these...

Critical Approaches to American Working-Class Literature

Critical Approaches to American Working-Class Literature

1st Edition

Michelle Tokarczyk
November 10, 2014

This book is one of the first collections on a neglected field in American literature: that written by and about the working-class. Examining literature from the 1850s to the present, contributors use a wide variety of critical approaches, expanding readers’ understanding of the critical lenses...

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