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Conceptualising the Global in the Wake of the Postmodern
Literature, Culture, Theory

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Twenty-First-Century Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108497015

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  • This book argues that, in the wake of the postmodern, contemporary culture becomes once again concerned with totality, the main focal point of expression for this being concepts of the global. It uncovers predominant ways of conceptualising the global in contemporary literature, film and theory. In so doing, it offers a fresh approach to the study of globalisation and culture, identifying four main categories under which concepts of the global can be placed: the immanent, the transcendent, the contingent and the beyond-measure. Alongside this, it discovers a confrontation between two predominant ways of figuring human relations on a global scale. Conceptualising the Global in the Wake of the Postmodern examines the works of various authors and filmmakers, such as Margaret Atwood, Don DeLillo, Kazuo Ishiguro, Douglas Coupland, David Cronenberg, Charlie Kaufman, and David Lynch, to show how the idea of totality has returned in contemporary culture.

    • Proposes that the idea of 'totality' has returned in contemporary culture via concepts of the global
    • Identifies four main ways of conceptualizing the global in contemporary culture
    • Provides a dissection of two predominant ways of figuring human relations on a global scale
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108497015
    • length: 210 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Immanence I: Atwood, Danielewski and Sloterdijk
    2. Immanence II: Cronenberg, Kaufman, Hardt and Negri
    3. Transcendence: DeLillo, Self and Blomkamp
    4. Contingency: Cloud Atlas, Meillassoux and Ali Smith
    5. Beyond-measure: Ishiguro, Keiller and Lynch

  • Author

    Joel Evans, University of Nottingham
    Joel Evans is Assistant Professor in Literature at the University of Nottingham. He has published articles in New Review of Film and Television Studies, Textual Practice, and Novel: A Forum on Fiction.

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