Readings in Twenty-First-Century European Literatures brings together analyses of post-2000 literary works from twelve European literatures. Sharing a common aim – that of taking the first step in identifying and analysing some of the emergent trends in contemporary European literatures – scholars from across Europe come together in this volume to address a range of issues. Topics include the post-postmodern; the effect of new media on literary production; the relationship between history, fiction and testimony; migrant writing and world literature; representation of ageing and intersexuality; life in hypermodernity; translation, both linguistic and cultural; and the institutional forces at work in the production and reception of twenty-first-century texts. Reading across the twenty chapters affords an opportunity to reconsider what is meant by both ‘European’ and ‘contemporary literature’ and to recontextualize single-discipline perspectives in a comparatist framework.
Michael Gratzke is Senior Lecturer in German at the University of St Andrews. He has published monographs on masochism and heroism and is currently working on representations of love in the twenty-first century.
Margaret-Anne Hutton is Chair of French and Director of the Institute for Contemporary and Comparative Literature at the University of St Andrews. She has published widely on representations of World War II and on contemporary French fiction. She is currently working on concepts of the contemporary canon.
Claire Whitehead is Senior Lecturer in Russian at the University of St Andrews. She has published a monograph and edited volume on the genre of the fantastic and is currently working on a second monograph dedicated to Russian crime fiction from the 1860s to the present day.
Contents: Camille de Toledo: Zwischen-las-lenguas is where I stand – Kristin Veel: Surveillance Narratives: Overload, Desire and Representation in Contemporary Narrative Fiction – Erika Fülöp: The Blogosphere and the Gutenberg Galaxy and Other Impossible Oppositions: Éric Chevillard’s L’Autofictif – Ricardo Fernández Romero: Dirty Metaphysics: The Novels of Pablo Sánchez – Nicolas Dreyer: Contemporary Russian Fiction: insanis, demens et delirans? – Marina Ortrud M. Hertrampf: ‘Écrire le réel malade’: Régis Jauffret’s Shocking Panorama of Contemporary French Society in Microfictions (2007) – Léa Vuong: Pascal Quignard’s Metamorphoses: A Contemporary Recuperation of Literary Fairy Tales – Angela Kershaw: Reading Némirovsky Now: Resistant Representations of the Second World War in Twenty-First-Century French Literature – Peter Sjølyst-Jackson: Reframing History: Fiction and Testimony in Roy Jacobsen’s The Loggers – Anja Gerigk: Memory Trouble After Post-Histoire: Terézia Mora’s Alle Tage – Sven Kramer: Reconsidering ‘Heimat’: Jenny Erpenbeck’s Novel Heimsuchung (2008) – Andrea Gazzoni: Migrant Storytelling: Trauma, History, Stories and Restoration in Cross-Cultural Literature in Contemporary Italy – Nathalie Froloff: A Radical Renewal of the Autobiography in French Contemporary Literature: Ernaux and Carrère – Angelika Baier: Intersections: Hermaphroditism as a ‘Travelling Concept’ in Ulrike Draesner’s Novel Mitgift (2002) – Catherine du Toit: Ageing in the Twenty-First Century – Michèle A. Schaal: The Hypermodern Condition in Isabelle Flükiger’s Novels – Christina Chandler Andrews: The Phenomenology of Inter-Subjectivity and Co-Existence in the Post-9/11 World: McEwan’s Saturday and Amis’s ‘The Last Days of Muhammad Atta’ – Naòmi Morgan: Translation x 2: Yasmina Reza’s Le Dieu du carnage from French to Afrikaans, from Script to Stage – Helen O’Sullivan: Learning Words: Language Learner Narrative in the Twenty-First Century – Gunhild Berg and Rainer Godel: How to Create a Literary Trend, or How to Establish a Winner: An Analysis of the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize 2000-2010 – Sandra Vlasta: ‘Literature of Migration’: A New Trend in ‘Austrian Literature’ in the Twenty-First Century?