Sex Time and Space in Contemporary Fiction

Sex  Time  and Space in Contemporary Fiction

In an exciting and compelling contribution to contemporary literary studies, this book takes the concept of ‘exceptionality’ as its point of departure as developed through an exploration of Giorgio Agamben’s theory of the state of ...

Author: Ben Davies

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 1137485884

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 178

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Combining close readings of literature and theory, Sex, Time, and Space in Contemporary Fiction opens up new ways to consider the sex-time-space nexus. In an exciting and compelling contribution to contemporary literary studies, this book takes the concept of ‘exceptionality’ as its point of departure as developed through an exploration of Giorgio Agamben’s theory of the state of exception and the work of theorists including Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. Through an analysis of a range of widely read contemporary fiction, including On Chesil Beach, Gertrude and Claudius, The Act of Love and Room, Ben Davies provides a rigorous exploration of narrative form and offers original theories of the prequel, narrative relations in terms of set theory, and the practice of reading itself.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Sex Time and Space in Contemporary Fiction

Sex  Time  and Space in Contemporary Fiction

re-evaluating the concept of norms, with a specific focus on gender and sexuality and, more recently, ... sex in contemporary fiction this book offers can be seen as being different from recent work on time and space in queer theory and ...

Author: Ben Davies

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137485892

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 178

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Combining close readings of literature and theory, Sex, Time, and Space in Contemporary Fiction opens up new ways to consider the sex-time-space nexus. In an exciting and compelling contribution to contemporary literary studies, this book takes the concept of ‘exceptionality’ as its point of departure as developed through an exploration of Giorgio Agamben’s theory of the state of exception and the work of theorists including Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. Through an analysis of a range of widely read contemporary fiction, including On Chesil Beach, Gertrude and Claudius, The Act of Love and Room, Ben Davies provides a rigorous exploration of narrative form and offers original theories of the prequel, narrative relations in terms of set theory, and the practice of reading itself.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Prequels Coquels and Sequels in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction

Prequels  Coquels and Sequels in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction

Ben Davies is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Portsmouth, UK. He is the author of Sex, Time, and Space in Contemporary Fiction: Exceptional Intercourse (2016) and the coeditor of Sex, Gender and Time in ...

Author: Armelle Parey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429795886

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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This book offers to delineate a key phenomenon in contemporary Anglophone fiction: novel expansion, when the plot and characters from a finished novel are retrieved to be developed in new adventures set before, after or during the narrative time of the source-text. If autographic and allographic sequels are almost as old as literature, prequels – that imagine the anteriority of a narrative – and coquels – that develop secondary characters in the same story time as the source-text – are more recent. The overall trend for novel expansion spread in the mid-1980s and 1990s and has since shown no sign of abating. This volume is organised following three types of relationships to the source-texts even if these occasionally combine to produce a more complex structure. This book comprises 11 essays, preceded by an introduction, that examine narrative strategies, aesthetic, ethical and political tendencies underlying these novel expansions. Following the overview provided in the introduction, the reader will find case studies of prequels, coquels and sequels before a final chapter that encompasses them all and more.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Comic Turn in Contemporary English Fiction

The Comic Turn in Contemporary English Fiction

Available online: https://time.com/5601982/how-brexit-broke-britain/ (accessed 7 June 2019). ... Davies, Ben, Sex, Time and Space in Contemporary Fiction: Exceptional Intercourse (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Author: Huw Marsh

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474293044

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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The Comic Turn in Contemporary English Fiction explores the importance of comedy in contemporary literature and culture. In an era largely defined by a mood of crisis, bleakness, cruelty, melancholia, environmental catastrophe and collapse, Huw Marsh argues that contemporary fiction is as likely to treat these subjects comically as it is to treat them gravely, and that the recognition and proper analysis of this humour opens up new ways to think about literature. Structured around readings of authors including Martin Amis, Nicola Barker, Julian Barnes, Jonathan Coe, Howard Jacobson, Magnus Mills and Zadie Smith, this book suggests not only that much of the most interesting contemporary writing is funny and that there is a comic tendency in contemporary fiction, but also that this humour, this comic licence, allows writers of contemporary fiction to do peculiar and interesting things – things that are funny in the sense of odd or strange and that may in turn inspire a funny turn in readers. Marsh offers a series of original critical and theoretical frameworks for discussing questions of literary genre, style, affect and politics, demonstrating that comedy is an often neglected mode that plays a generative role in much of the most interesting contemporary writing, creating sites of rich political, stylistic, cognitive and ethical contestation whose analysis offers a new perspective on the present.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Making Time

Making Time

World Construction in the Present-Tense Novel Carolin Gebauer. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. a, b, ... The Present Tense in Modern Hindi Fiction. ... Sex, Time, and Space in Contemporary Fiction: Exceptional Intercourse.

Author: Carolin Gebauer

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110708196

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 395

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Responding to the current surge in present-tense novels, Making Time is an innovative contribution to narratological research on present-tense usage in narrative fiction. Breaking with the tradition of conceptualizing the present tense purely as a deictic category denoting synchronicity between a narrative event and its presentation, the study redefines present-tense narration as a fully-fledged narrative strategy whose functional potential far exceeds temporal relations between story and discourse. The first part of the volume presents numerous analytical categories that systematically describe the formal, structural, functional, and syntactic dimensions of present-tense usage in narrative fiction. These categories are then deployed to investigate the uses and functions of present-tense narration in selected twenty-first century novels, including Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, Ian McEwan’s Nutshell, and Irvine Welsh’s Skagboys. The seven case studies serve to illustrate the ubiquity of present-tense narration in contemporary fiction, ranging from the historical novel to the thriller, and to investigate the various ways in which the present tense contributes to narrative worldmaking.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Literary Modernism Queer Temporality

Literary Modernism  Queer Temporality

Sex, Time, and Space in Contemporary Fiction: Exceptional Intercourse. London: Palgrave Macmillan. detloff, Madelyn. 2009. The Persistence of Modernism: Loss and Mourning in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Author: Kate Haffey

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030173012

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 205

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This book explores the intersection between the recent work on queer temporality and the experiments of literary modernism. Kate Haffey argues that queer theory’s recent work on time owes a debt to modernist authors who developed new ways of representing temporality in their texts. By reading a series of early twentieth-century literary texts from modernists like Woolf, Eliot, Faulkner, and Stein alongside contemporary authors, this book examines the way in which modernist writers challenged narrative conventions of time in ways that both illuminate and foreshadow current scholarship on queer temporality. In her analyses of contemporary novelists and critics Michael Cunningham, Jeanette Winterson, Angela Carter, and Eve Sedgwick, Haffey also shows that these modernist temporalities have been reconfigured by contemporary authors to develop new approaches to futurity.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Roman Law and Latin Literature

Roman Law and Latin Literature

Sex, Time, and Space in Contemporary Fiction: Exceptional Intercourse. London. Day, H. J. M. 2013. Lucan and the Sublime: Power, Representation and Aesthetic Experience. Cambridge. De Lachapelle, G. F. 2011. Clementia.

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350276659

Category: History

Page: 320

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This volume offers a long overdue appraisal of the dynamic interactions between Roman law and Latin literature. Despite there being periods of massive tectonic shifts in the legal and literary landscapes, the Republic and Empire of Rome have not until now been the focus of interdisciplinary study in this field. This volume brings vital new material to the attention of the law and literature movement. An interdisciplinary approach is at the heart of this volume: specialists in Roman law rarely engage in constructive dialogue with specialists in Latin literature and vice versa but this volume bridges that divide. It shows how literary scholars are eager to examine the importance of law in literature or the juridical nature of Latin literature, while Romanists are ready to embrace the interactions between literary and legal discourse. This collection capitalizes on the opportunity to open a fruitful dialogue between scholars of Latin literature and Roman law and thus makes a major, much-needed contribution to the growing field of law and literature.
Categories: History

John Burnside

John Burnside

His research focuses on contemporary literature, philosophy, literary theory, narratology, time and sexuality studies. He is the author of Sex, Time, and Space: Exceptional Intercourse (Palgrave, ...

Author: Ben Davies

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350036994

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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Celebrated as a poet, novelist and non-fiction writer, and the winner of numerous major literary prizes including the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the T.S. Eliot Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, John Burnside is one of Britain's leading contemporary writers. John Burnside: Contemporary Critical Perspectives brings together leading scholars of contemporary literature to guide readers through the full range of the author's writings, from his fiction and poetry to his autobiographical and nature writing, exploring texts such as The Dumb House, The Light Trap, A Lie about My Father, Glister and Black Cat Bone. The book examines the major themes of Burnside's work, including the environment and the natural world, hauntings and dwelling, and his intertextual engagement with philosophy, music and the visual arts. Featuring a timeline of Burnside's life, an interview with the writer himself and a detailed list of further reading, this is the first authoritative guide to this major contemporary writer.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Diversity in Narration and Writing

Diversity in Narration and Writing

The Novel Kornélia Horváth, Judit Mudriczki, Sarolta Osztroluczky ... Literature as a Medium for Representing, Disseminating and Constructing Norms and Values, 1-18. ... Sex, Time and Space in Contemporary Fiction.

Author: Kornélia Horváth

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527579323

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 305

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The essays in this volume focus on different prose and audiovisual narratives and their academic and cultural significance as seen in the twenty-first century. Their diverse interpretations of the novel as a genre provide a current academic overview on the variety of interpretive cultures and traditions. Divided into three sections, the book consciously takes an international perspective in both narrative theory and novel studies in order to deepen the reader’s understanding of classic American and European authors including Gustave Flaubert, Lewis Carroll, James Joyce, Doris Lessing, Jack London, J. M. Coetzee, and David Lodge. In addition, it also offers a profound contribution to international scholarship as it covers works of classic and contemporary Hungarian and Central European writers that have not been discussed in English before. With its unprecedented insights into the depth and diversity of narrative prose traditions, the book will inspire innovative approaches to the concept of the novel in European academic criticism today.
Categories: Literary Criticism

British Women Short Story Writers

British Women Short Story Writers

Ben Davies is Lecturer in English at the University of Portsmouth. His research focuses on contemporary fiction and theory, specifically conceptualisations of sex, time and space. He is the co-editor of Sex, Gender and Time in Fiction ...

Author: Emma Young

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474407274

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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Essays tracing the evolving relationship between British women writers and the short story genre from the late Nineteenth Century to the present day.What is the relationship between the British woman writer and the short story? This collection examines what this versatile genre offers women writers, and what this can tell us about the society and culture they inhabit. From the rise of the modern printing press at the end of the Nineteenth Century through to the present digital age, these essays examine how the short story has been deployed and reworked by women writers and how they have influenced and shaped the genres development. Considering the effect of literary inheritances, societal and cultural change, and shifting publishing demands, this collection traces the evolution of the genre through to its continued appeal to women writing today. From the New Woman to contemporary feminisms, women's anthologies to microfiction, modernist writers to the contemporary works of Sarah Hall and Helen Simpson, the chapters in this collection investigate a crucial yet under-examined field of British literature.Key Features and Benefits12 chapters discussing a range of gender and genre issues since the fin-de-sic e to the present day.Sets out a clear trajectory to map both the historical and literary connections and divergences between British women short story writers. Offers a comprehensive account of the genres development to provide scholars with a unique insight into a largely neglected aspect of womens writing.Includes new readings of canonical authors alongside more recent theoretical approaches, innovations and lesser-discussed writers.
Categories: Literary Criticism