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New Approaches to the Twenty-First-Century Anglophone Novel

  • Sibylle Baumbach
  • Birgit Neumann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Sibylle Baumbach, Birgit Neumann
    Pages 1-17
  3. Sibylle Baumbach
    Pages 39-58
  4. Russell West-Pavlov
    Pages 255-275
  5. Lukas Etter, Jan-Noël Thon
    Pages 277-296
  6. Pieter Vermeulen
    Pages 317-336
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 337-344

About this book


This book discusses the complex ways in which the novel offers a vibrant arena for critically engaging with our contemporary world and scrutinises the genre's political, ethical, and aesthetic value. Far-reaching cultural, political, and technological changes during the past two decades have created new contexts for the novel, which have yet to be accounted for in literary studies. Addressing the need for fresh transdisciplinary approaches that explore these developments, the book focuses on the multifaceted responses of the novel to key global challenges, including migration and cosmopolitanism, posthumanism and ecosickness, human and animal rights, affect and biopolitics, human cognition and anxieties of inattention, and the transculturality of terror. By doing so, it testifies to the ongoing cultural relevance of the genre. Lastly, it examines a range of 21st-century Anglophone novels to encourage new critical discourses in literary studies.

Sibylle Baumbach is a Professor of English Literatures at Stuttgart University, Germany. 

Birgit Neumann is a Professor of English Literature and Anglophone Studies at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany.


Affect Posthumanism Migration Cosmopolitanism Ecosickness Human Rights Animal Rights Biopolitics Cognition Transculturalism

Editors and affiliations

  • Sibylle Baumbach
    • 1
  • Birgit Neumann
    • 2
  1. 1.English Literatures and CulturesUniversity of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Anglophone LiteraturesHeinrich Heine University DüsseldorfDüsseldorfGermany

About the editors

Sibylle Baumbach is a Professor of English Literatures at Stuttgart University (Germany). 

Birgit Neumann is a Professor of English Literature and Anglophone Studies at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (Germany).

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