Nünning, Ansgar; Nünning, Vera; Scherr, Alexander (eds.)
Literature and Literary Studies in the Twenty-First Century
Cultural Concerns – Concepts – Case Studies
In the 21st century, the discipline of literary studies is faced with a considerable number of new challenges and cultural concerns which demand problem-solving strategies different from those envisaged by established approaches and theories. The present volume explores innovative pathways with regard to the question of how literary studies can be reconceptualised and engage with the key challenges of our time – from digitalisation, climate change, terrorism, animal rights and urbanisation to fake news, the financial crisis, global migration flows, resurgent nationalisms, changes in labour, and many more. The volume’s 24 contributions are dedicated to three main tasks: firstly, to rethinking literary studies by mapping out new models and approaches; secondly, to examining new forms and storytelling practices in contemporary literature; thirdly, to exploring literature’s engagement with current cultural concerns in British, US-American and Anglophone contexts.
ISBN 978-3-86821-926-5, 440 S., 8 Abb., kt., € 45,00 (2021)