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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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Italo Calvino's Architecture of Lightness: The Utopian Imagination in An Age of Urban Crisis

Italo Calvino's Architecture of Lightness: The Utopian Imagination in An Age of Urban Crisis

1st Edition

Letizia Modena
September 11, 2014

This study recovers Italo Calvino's central place in a lost history of interdisciplinary thought, politics, and literary philosophy in the 1960s. Drawing on his letters, essays, critical reviews, and fiction, as well as a wide range of works--primarily urban planning and design theory and history--...

Salman Rushdie and Visual Culture: Celebrating Impurity, Disrupting Borders

Salman Rushdie and Visual Culture: Celebrating Impurity, Disrupting Borders

1st Edition

Ana Cristina Mendes
September 11, 2014

In Salman Rushdie’s novels, images are invested with the power to manipulate the plotline, to stipulate actions from the characters, to have sway over them, seduce them, or even lead them astray. Salman Rushdie and Visual Culture sheds light on this largely unremarked – even if central – dimension...

Testimony from the Nazi Camps: French Women's Voices

Testimony from the Nazi Camps: French Women's Voices

1st Edition

Margaret Anne Hutton
August 15, 2014

This interdisciplinary study intergrates historiographical, literary and cultural methodologies in its focus on a little known corpus of testimonial accounts published by French women deported to Nazi camps. Comprising epistemological and literary analyses of the accounts and an examination of the...

Anglophone Jewish Literature

Anglophone Jewish Literature

1st Edition

Axel Stähler
July 17, 2014

Anglophone Jewish literature is not traditionally numbered among the new literatures in English. Rather, Jewish literary production in English has conventionally been classified as ‘hyphenated’ and has therefore not yet been subjected as such to the scrutiny of scholars of literary or cultural...

Poetry as Testimony: Witnessing and Memory in Twentieth-century Poems

Poetry as Testimony: Witnessing and Memory in Twentieth-century Poems

1st Edition

Antony Rowland
March 06, 2014

This book analyzes Holocaust poetry, war poetry, working-class poetry, and 9/11 poetry as forms of testimony. Rowland argues that testamentary poetry requires a different approach to traditional ways of dealing with poems due to the pressure of the metatext (the original, traumatic events), the...

Literary Ghosts from the Victorians to Modernism: The Haunting Interval

Literary Ghosts from the Victorians to Modernism: The Haunting Interval

1st Edition

Luke Thurston
February 14, 2014

This book resituates the ghost story as a matter of literary hospitality and as part of a vital prehistory of modernism, seeing it not as a quaint neo-gothic ornament, but as a powerful literary response to the technological and psychological disturbances that marked the end of the Victorian era....

Sound and Aural Media in Postmodern Literature: Novel Listening

Sound and Aural Media in Postmodern Literature: Novel Listening

1st Edition

Justin St. Clair
March 27, 2013

This study examines postmodern literature— including works by Kurt Vonnegut, William Gaddis, Don DeLillo, Philip K. Dick, Ishmael Reed, and Thomas Pynchon —arguing that one of the formal logics of postmodern fiction is heterophonia: a pluralism of sound. The postmodern novel not only bears...

Aesthetic Pleasure in Twentieth-Century Women's Food Writing: The Innovative Appetites of M.F.K. Fisher, Alice B. Toklas, and Elizabeth David

Aesthetic Pleasure in Twentieth-Century Women's Food Writing: The Innovative Appetites of M.F.K. Fisher, Alice B. Toklas, and Elizabeth David

1st Edition

Alice McLean
March 21, 2013

This book explores the aesthetic pleasures of eating and writing in the lives of M. F. K. Fisher (1908-1992), Alice B. Toklas (1877-1967), and Elizabeth David (1913-1992). Growing up during a time when women's food writing was largely limited to the domestic cookbook, which helped to codify...

Charles Bukowski, Outsider Literature, and the Beat Movement

Charles Bukowski, Outsider Literature, and the Beat Movement

1st Edition

Paul Clements
March 06, 2013

This book uses cultural and psycho-social analysis to examine the beat writer Charles Bukowski and his literature, focusing on representations of the anti-hero rebel and outsider. Clements considers the complexities, ambiguities, and contradictions represented by the author and his work, exploring...

Food, Poetry, and the Aesthetics of Consumption: Eating the Avant-Garde

Food, Poetry, and the Aesthetics of Consumption: Eating the Avant-Garde

1st Edition

Michel Delville
November 28, 2012

From Plato’s dismissal of food as a distraction from thought to Kant’s relegation of the palate to the bottom of the hierarchy of the senses, the sense of taste has consistently been devalued by Western aesthetics. Kant is often invoked as evidence that philosophers consider taste as an inferior...

Travel and Drugs in Twentieth-Century Literature

Travel and Drugs in Twentieth-Century Literature

1st Edition

Lindsey Michael Banco
April 20, 2012

This book examines the connections between two disparate yet persistently bound thematics -- mobility and intoxication -- and explores their central yet frequently misunderstood role in constructing subjectivity following the 1960s. Emerging from profound mid-twentieth-century changes in how drugs...

Modernism and the Crisis of Sovereignty

Modernism and the Crisis of Sovereignty

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Andrew John Miller
February 23, 2012

This book describes how three of the most significant Anglophone writers of the first half of the twentieth century – Yeats, Eliot, and Woolf – wrestled with a geopolitical situation in which national boundaries had come to seem increasingly permeable at the same time as war among (and within)...

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