The Poetics of Fragmentation in Contemporary British and American Fiction

Vanessa GUIGNERY et Wojciech DRĄG (dir.)

coll. « Series in Literary Studies »
Wilmington (USA)/Malaga (Espagne), Vernon Press
13 février 2019, 252 p.
ISBN 978-1-62273-616-4
Autrice IHRIM : Vanessa GUIGNERY

The last decades have seen a revival of fragmentation in British and American works of fiction that deny linearity, coherence and continuity in favour of disruption, gaps and fissures. Authors such as Ali Smith, David Mitchell and David Shields have sought new ways of representing our global, media-saturated contemporary experience which differ from modernist and postmodernist experimentations from which the writers nevertheless draw inspiration. This volume aims to investigate some of the most important contributions to fragmentary literature from British and American writers since the 1990s, with a particular emphasis on texts released in the twenty-first century. The chapters within examine whether contemporary forms of literary fragmentation constitute a return to the modernist episteme or the fragmented literature of exhaustion of the 1960s, mark a continuity with postmodernist aesthetics or signal a deviation from past models and an attempt to reflect today’s accelerated culture of social media and over-communication.

Contributors theorise and classify literary fragments, examine the relationship between fragmentation and the Zeitgeist (influenced by globalisation, media saturation and social networks), analyse the mechanics of multimodal and multimedial fictions, and consider the capacity of literary fragmentation to represent personal or collective trauma and to address ethical concerns. They also investigate the ways in which the architecture of the printed book is destabilised and how aesthetic processes involving fragmentation, bricolage and/or collage raise ontological, ethical and epistemological questions about the globalised contemporary world we live in and its relation to the self and the other. Besides the aforementioned authors, the volume makes reference to the works of J. G. Ballard, Julian Barnes, Mark Z. Danielewski, David Markson, Jonathan Safran Foer, David Foster Wallace, Jeanette Winterson and several others.

Ont contribué :
Merritt Moseley (University of North Carolina at Asheville, USA) , Maria Antonietta Struzziero , Gerd Bayer (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany) , Marcin Tereszewski (University of Wrocław, Poland) , Teresa Bruś (University of Wrocław, Poland) , David Malcolm (SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland) , Jarosław Hetman (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland) , Caroline Magnin (Sorbonne University, France) , Deborah Bridle (University of Côte d’Azur, France) , Zofia Kolbuszewska (University of Wrocław, Poland) , Côme Martin , Grzegorz Maziarczyk (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland) , Wojciech Drąg (University of Wrocław, Poland) , Alicia J. Rouverol (University of Manchester, UK) , Mariano D’Ambrosio (University Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle, France) , Alison Gibbons (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)

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