Toward the Geopolitical Novel: U.S. Fiction in the Twenty-First Century

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byCaren Irr

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A survey of more than 125 works illuminate the resurgence of the American political novel in the twenty-first century. Caren Irr follows Junot Díaz, Helon Habila, Aleksandar Hemon, Hari Kunzru, Dinaw Mengestu, Daniyal Mueenuddin, Norman Rush, Gary Shteyngart, and others as they rethink the migration narrative, the Peace Corps thriller, the national allegory, the revolutionary novel, and the expatriate's experience with self-discovery. Taken together, these innovations define a new literary form: the geopolitical novel. More cosmopolitan and socially critical than domestic realism, the genre tests American liberalism and explores how in-migration, out-migration, the nation, revolution, and the traveling subject should be retooled for a new century.

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A survey of more than 125 works illuminate the resurgence of the American political novel in the twenty-first century. Caren Irr follows Junot Díaz, Helon Habila, Aleksandar Hemon, Hari Kunzru, Dinaw Mengestu, Daniyal Mueenuddin, Norman Rush, Gary Shteyngart, and others as they rethink the migration narrative, the Peace Corps thriller,...

Caren Irr is professor of English at Brandeis University and author of Pink Pirates: Contemporary American Women Writers and Copyright.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 17, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231536313

ISBN - 13:9780231536318

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Resurgence of the Political Novel
1. From Routes to Routers: The Digital Migrant Novel
2. The Anxious American: Political Thrillers and the Peace Corps Fugue
3. Neoliberal Allegories: The Space of Home in Contemporary International Fiction
4. Ideology, Terror, and Apocalypse: The New Novel of Revolution
5. Toward the World Novel: Genre Shifts in Twenty-First-Century Expatriate Fiction
Notes
Primary Works
Bibliography
Index

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Irr has written a superb study, one that contributes greatly to our appreciation of the new dimensions of contemporary U.S. fiction. Perhaps the most exciting aspect lies in Irr's willingness to conceive of her subject, not on the basis of a handful of texts, but on a voluminous array of novels. The historical nuance and theoretical edge of this broadly based inquiry exhibit both her grasp of interpretative subtleties and her luminous powers of synthesis. It is simply the best book we have yet on the literature of this century.