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Boxall, Peter
Twenty-first-century fiction : a critical introduction / Peter Boxall, University of Sussex
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013
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 4th Floor  PR889 .B69 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) English fiction -- 21st century -- History and criticism
American fiction -- 21st century -- History and criticism
Commonwealth fiction (English) -- 21st century -- History and criticism
Physical Description x, 266 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary "The widespread use of electronic communication at the dawn of the twenty-first century has created a global context for our interactions, transforming the ways we relate to the world and to one another. This critical introduction reads the fiction of the past decade as a response to our contemporary predicament - one that draws on new cultural and technological developments to challenge established notions of democracy, humanity, and national and global sovereignty. Peter Boxall traces formal and thematic similarities in the novels of contemporary writers including Don DeLillo, Margaret Atwood, J. M. Coetzee, Marilynne Robinson, Cormac McCarthy, W. G. Sebald and Philip Roth, as well as David Mitchell, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dave Eggers, Ali Smith, Amy Waldman and Roberto BolaƱo. In doing so, Boxall maps new territory for scholars, students and interested readers of today's literature by exploring how these authors narrate shared cultural life in the new century"-- Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-258) and index
Contents Introduction: twenty-first century fiction -- 1. Late culture in the early twenty-first century -- 2. Inheriting the past: literature and historical memory in the twenty-first century -- 3. The limits of the human -- 4. A curious knot: terrorism, radicalism, the avant-garde -- 5. Sovereignty, democracy, globalisation -- Conclusion: the future of the novel

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