Secrecy and Community in 21st-Century Fiction

Secrecy and Community in 21st-Century Fiction

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Secrecy and Community in 21st-Century Fiction examines the relation between secrecy and community in a diverse and international range of contemporary fictional works in English. In its concern with what is called 'communities of secrecy', it is fundamentally indebted to the thought of Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy and Maurice Blanchot, who have pointed to the fallacies and dangers of identitarian and exclusionary communities, arguing for forms of being-in-common characterized by non-belonging, singularity and otherness.

Also drawing on the work of J. Hillis Miller, Derek Attridge, Nicholas Royle, Matei Calinescu, Frank Kermode and George Simmel, among others, this volume analyses the centrality of secrets in the construction of literary form, narrative sequence and meaning, together with their foundational role in our private and interpersonal lives and the public and political realms. In doing so, it engages with the Derridean ethico-political value of secrecy and Derrida's conception of literature as the exemplary site for the operation of the unconditional secret.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501365546
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 01/14/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

María J. López is Senior Lecturer of English at the University of Córdoba, Spain.

Pilar Villar-Argáiz is Senior Lecturer of British and Irish Literatures at the University of Granada, Spain.
María J. López is Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Córdoba, Spain. She is the author of Acts of Visitation: The Narrative of J.M. Coetzee (2011) and co-editor of J.M. Coetzee and the Non-English Literary Traditions (2016) and New Perspectives on Community and the Modernist Subject (2017). Her work has also appeared in the Journal of Southern African Studies, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, English in Africa, English Studies and Journal of Postcolonial Writing.
Pilar Villar-Argáiz is Senior Lecturer of British and Irish Literatures at the University of Granada, Spain. She is the author of Eavan Boland's Evolution as an Irish Woman Poet: An Outsider within an Outsider's Culture (2007) and The Poetry of Eavan Boland: A Postcolonial Reading (2008). Her edited collections include Literary Visions of Multicultural Ireland: The Immigrant in
Contemporary Irish Literature
(2014) and Irishness on the Margins: Minority and Dissident Identities (2018). Villar-Argáiz is currently the Chairperson of the Spanish Association for Irish Studies and Member of the Executive Board of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies. She has published extensively on contemporary Irish poetry and fiction, in relation to questions of gender, race, migration, interculturality, and community.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Joseph Hillis Miller (University of California, Irvine, USA)
Introduction: Secrecy and community in twenty-first-century fiction
María J. López (University of Córdoba, Spain)
1. Secrecy and community in ergodic texts: Derrida, Ali Smith and the experience of form
Derek Attridge (University of York, UK)
2. Protective mimicry: Reflections on the novel today
Nicholas Royle (University of Sussex, UK)
3. 'Where all is known and nothing understood': Narrative sequence and textual secrets in Toni Morrison's Love
Paula Martín-Salván (University of Córdoba, Spain)
4. Challenging stereotypes of femininity through secrets in Alice Munro's fiction
Mercedes Díaz Dueñas (University of Granada, Spain)
5. Zoë Wicomb and the secrets of the canon
Liani Lochner (Université Laval, Canada)
6. Cryptaesthetic resistance and community in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland
María Luisa Pascual Garrido (University of Córdoba, Spain)
7. Queering the Maori crypt: Community and secrecy in Witi Ihimaera's The Uncle's Story
Gerardo Rodríguez-Salas (University of Granada, Spain)
8. Secrecy, invisibility and community in Jeanette Winterson's The Daylight Gate
Juan L. Pérez-de-Luque (University of Córdoba, Spain)
9. Novel mediums: The art of not speaking in (and of) Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black
Hannu Poutiainen (Tampere University, Finland)
10. Shame and the idea of community in Ian Holding's Of Beasts and Beings and What Happened to Us
Mike Marais (Rhodes University, South Africa)
11. 'Whilst our souls negotiate': Secrets and secrecy in Jonathan Franzen's Purity
Jesús Blanco Hidalga (University of Córdoba, Spain)
12. Conversing with spectres: Secrets and ghosts in Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Refugees
Kim L. Worthington (Massey University, New Zealand)

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