Contemporary Literature and the State

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Contemporary Literature and the State challenges the critical opposition between the monolithic state and the individual artist. The volume collects essays on writers as different as Samuel Beckett and Ngozi Adichie and covers historical and geographical contexts from Yorkshire to Singapore, San Francisco to Cape Town. Featuring new and established critical voices, Contemporary Literature and the State is an important new contribution to debates about the politics of literature, coming at a time when state power...
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Overview


Contemporary Literature and the State challenges the critical opposition between the monolithic state and the individual artist. The volume collects essays on writers as different as Samuel Beckett and Ngozi Adichie and covers historical and geographical contexts from Yorkshire to Singapore, San Francisco to Cape Town. Featuring new and established critical voices, Contemporary Literature and the State is an important new contribution to debates about the politics of literature, coming at a time when state power appears both more arbitrary and more necessary than ever.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299232443
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 10/20/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Matthew Hart is assistant professor in the Department of English and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Jim Hansen is assistant professor of English and critical theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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In our interview, Hart revealed some interesting facts about himself:

"My first car was a black MG Sprite with bugeye headlights. My girlfriend said she liked getting in and out of it more than she liked driving around in it. Our romance quickly fell apart."

"I love the Diamond Coast above all other places, for its remoteness."

"When I was working on Diamond, I met a bush pilot who had made a fortune in the stock market, betting on the Arctic diamond play. Yet he still flew a bush plane (a Twin Otter), and couldn't imagine doing anything else. I remember one flight where we flew mile after mile, hundreds of miles, very low to the ground, with this scarlet vegetation streaming by beneath us and lakes with white swans, and I thought the pilot must be the luckiest man on earth, to be able to pursue this life when he could easily afford any other. I guess it's the life of action that so appeals to a writer, whose life, after all, is mostly sitting in a room alone all day."

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    1. Hometown:
      London, England

Table of Contents


Introduction: Contemporary Literature and the State, by Matthew Hart and Jim Hansen
An Interview with Jeremy Cronin, conducted by Andrew van der Vlies
Tsotsis: On Law, the Outlaw, and the Postcolonial State, by Rita Barnard
The Third English Civil War: David Peace’s “Occult History” of Thatcherism, by Matthew Hart
Failed-State Fiction, by John Marx
Life, War, and Love: The Queer Anarchism of Robert Duncan’s Poetic Action during the Vietnam War, by Eric Keenaghan
Samuel Beckett’s Catastrophe and the Theater of Pure Means, by Jim Hansen
The Way Ahead: The Politics and Poetics of Singapore’s Developmental Landscape, by Jini Kim Watson
Afterword: States of Time, by Ian Baucom
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