The Politics of Literature in a Divided 21st Century (Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature)

December 4, 2020
The Politics of Literature in a Divided 21st Century (Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature)

How does literature matter politically in the 21st century? Thisbook offers an ecocritical framework for exploring the significanceof literature today.Featuring a diverse body of texts and authors, it develops afuture-oriented politics embedded in those transgressive realitieswhich our political system finds impossible to tame.This book re-imagines political agency, voices, bodies andborders as transformative processes rather than rigid realities,articulating a ‘dia-topian’ literary politics. Taking a contextualapproach, it addresses such urgent global issues as biopolitics,migration and borders, populism, climate change, and terrorism.These readings revitalize fictional worlds for politicalenquiry, demonstrating how imaginative literature seeds change in aworld of closed-off horizons. Prior to the pragmatics ofpower-play, literary language breathes new energy into the framesof our thought and the shapes of our affects. This book shows howrelation, metamorphosis and enmeshment can become salient in apolitics beyond the conflict line.