Comparative Literature Roundup

By | August 8, 2013

Bloomsbury Literary Studies has been busy in 2013 – check out these recent additions to our comparative literature list!

In The Book of Imitation and Desire: Reading Milan Kundera with René Girard Trevor Cribben Merrill offers a bold reassessment of Milan Kundera’s place in the contemporary canon. Building on theorist René Girard’s notion of “triangular desire,” he shows that modern classics such as The Unbearable Lightness of Being and The Book of Laughter and Forgetting display a counterintuitive—and bitterly funny—understanding of human attraction.

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“The contribution that Trevor Merrill’s book makes is at least threefold : it sheds new light on the work of one of our era’s strongest novelists; it extends and confirms the literary reach of René Girard’s main hypotheses; and it helps us to better understand our own existence. And it does all of this in a style that’s clear, precise, and elegant. What more could be asked of a major work of literary criticism?”
–  François Ricard, McGill University, Canada

Price: £60.00 / $110.00

If the September 11 terror attacks opened up an era of crises and exceptions of which we are yet to see the end, it is perhaps not surprising that care has emerged in the early twenty-first century as a key political issue. Narrative Care: Biopolitics and the Novel approaches contemporary narratives of care, such as J.M. Coetzee’s Slow Man, Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Paul Auster’s The Book of Illusions, and Tom McCarthy’s Remainder, through the lens of a growing body of theoretical writings on biopolitics.

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“Novels govern our lives: Narrative Care allows us to understand this statement literally. Should we try to escape the biopolitical scene of literature? Would that cure our political wounds? Arne De Boever offers an alternative solution: to subtract the emancipatory practice of care from its biopolitical appropriation. This solution implies that we think the relations between the novel, aesthetics, and politics anew. It's rare to see a literary critic take such good care of philosophy.”
–  Frédéric Neyrat, Philosopher and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

Price: £55.00 / $100.00

Romancing Fascism argues that intellectual responsibility can only be safeguarded if criticism is mobilised both as a poetic and as a critically enlightened endeavour. In this analysis of allegory as a function of modernity, what is made clear is the difficulty, if not impossibility, of definitively determining the genealogical antecedents of intellectual trends, particularly those considered pernicious to clear thinking.

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“Kath Kerr-Koch’s thoroughly researched and densely argued study analyses the uses of allegory in these three (apparently) disparate writers. Kerr-Koch boldly attempts the rehabilitation of de Man, so drastically fallen from critical-theoretical favour, in the context of an examination of the positive resistant potential of allegory in the contemporary world.”
–  Patrick Williams, Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Price: £60.00 / $110.00

Finally, Thomas Mann in English: A Study in Literary Translation is the most recent volume in our New Directions in German Studies series, a forum for the publication of new works in all areas of German Studies (German, Austrian, and Swiss literature, culture, and cinema from any period). David Horton provides a new insight into the ways in which one of Europe's major twentieth-century authors has been imported into English. This book provides the first systematic exploration of the English versions, illustrating the vicissitudes of literary translation through a principled discussion of a major author.

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“Anyone interested in Mann and the literary and linguistic aspects of the transformation a text undergoes in the process of translation will profit from this meticulously argued study.”
–  Jens Rieckmann, Emeritus Professor of German, University of California, Irvine, USA

Price: £60.00 / $110.00

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