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This book argues that increasingly transnational reading contexts of the twenty-first century place new pressures on fundamental questions about how we read literary fiction. Prompted by the stylistic strategies of three European émigré writers of the twentieth century - Conrad, Weiss and Sebald - it demonstrates the need to pose more differentiated questions about specific effects that occur when literary narratives meet a readership with a heterogeneous historical imaginary. In conversation with reception theory, trauma theory and transnational and postcolonial studies, the study shows how…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This book argues that increasingly transnational reading contexts of the twenty-first century place new pressures on fundamental questions about how we read literary fiction. Prompted by the stylistic strategies of three European émigré writers of the twentieth century - Conrad, Weiss and Sebald - it demonstrates the need to pose more differentiated questions about specific effects that occur when literary narratives meet a readership with a heterogeneous historical imaginary. In conversation with reception theory, trauma theory and transnational and postcolonial studies, the study shows how historical pressures in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries require comparative literature to address not only implied but also various unimplied reading positions that engage history in displaced yet material ways. This book opens new analytical paths for thinking about literary texts as media of historical imagination and conceiving relations between incommensurable historical events and contexts. Challenging overly global and overly local readings alike, the book presents a sophisticated contribution to discussions on how to reform the discipline of comparative literature in the twenty-first century.
Autorenporträt
Kaisa Kaakinen works as postdoctoral researcher in comparative literature at University of Turku, Finland. She completed her doctoral degree in comparative literature at Cornell University, USA, in 2013 and conducted dissertation research at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. Her publications deal with twentieth and twenty-first-century literature and the intersections of literature and history, and she has taught comparative literature at Cornell University, University of Helsinki and University of Turku.
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"Kaakinen's rich study is lucidly and elegantly written throughout. The study is exemplary in its sustained correlation between formal analysis and historical signification." (Jobst Welge, Comparative Literature Studies, Vol. 57 (3), 2020)