Literature and the Global Contemporary

  • Sarah Brouillette
  • Mathias Nilges
  • Emilio Sauri

Part of the New Comparisons in World Literature book series (NCWL)

About this book


This book attempts to understand what ‘contemporary’ has meant, and should mean, for literary studies. The essays in this volume suggest that an attentive reading of recent global literatures challenges the idea that our contemporary moment is best characterized as a timeless, instantaneous ‘now’. The contributors to this book argue that global literatures help us to conceive of the contemporary as an always plural, heterogeneous, and contested temporality. Far from suggesting that we replace theories of an omnipresent ‘end of history’ with a traditional, single, diachronic timeline, this book encourages the development of such a timeline’s rigorous inverse: a synchronic, multi-faceted and multi-temporal history of the contemporary in literature, and thus of contemporary global literatures. It opens up the concept of the contemporary for comparative study by unlocking its temporal, logical, political, and ultimately aesthetic and literary complexity.


Periodization Temporailty Postmodernism Capitalism Neoliberalism

Editors and affiliations

  • Sarah Brouillette
    • 1
  • Mathias Nilges
    • 2
  • Emilio Sauri
    • 3
  1. 1.Carleton UniversityOttawaCanada
  2. 2.St. Francis Xavier UniversityAntigonishCanada
  3. 3.University of MassachusettsBostonUSA

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