Reconsidering the Postmodern

European Literature beyond Relativism

Edited by Thomas Vaessens and Yra van Dijk

Reconsidering the Postmodern

Edited by Thomas Vaessens and Yra van Dijk

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

322 pages | 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2011
Paper $44.50 ISBN: 9789089643698 Published April 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Reconsidering the Postmodern takes the reader on a whirlwind tour through European national literatures. Focusing on novels by authors as diverse as Arnon Grunberg, Michel Houellebecq, Aleksander Hemon and Javier Marías, twelve literary experts reflect on postmodernism and its aftereffects in contemporary fiction. These essays are personal, ironic, and historical without being nostalgic, while reassessing the constantly evolving state of the European novel and the way in which postmodernism has permanently altered the face of fiction. Reconsidering the Postmodern is an important qualitative evaluation of the literary value and legacy of the postmodernism movement.

Introduction: European Writers Reconsidering the Postmodern Heritage
      Yra van Dijk and Thomas Vaessens

I: European Literatures
1. Russian Literature: Reviving Sincerity in the Post-Soviet World
      Ellen Rutten
2. British Literature: Residual Traces of Postmodernism
      Sebastian Groes
3. Dutch Literature: Stripping the Novel of its Harmlessness
      Thomas Vaessens
4. Italian Literature: The Epics of Reality
      Monica Jansen
5. French Literature: Post-Realism and Anti-Realism
      Sabien van Wesemael
6. Post-Yugoslav Literature: The Return of History and the Actuality of Fiction
      Guido Snel
7. Norwegian Literature: The Return of the Narrative
      Suze van der Poll
8. Flemsih Literature: Questions of Commitment and Authenticity
      Sven Vitse
9. Polish Literature: Saving Men and Nations
      Arent van Nieukerken
10. German Literature: The Dialectics of Readability
      Ewout van der Knaap
II: The Transatlantic Connection
11. Spanish and Spanish American Literature: Memory, Evil and the Rhetorics of Authenticity
      Brigitte Adriaensen and Maarten Steenmeijer
12. American Literature: A New Aesthetic of Sincerity, Reality and Community
      Allard den Dulk

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