Sex, Time, and Space in Contemporary Fiction

Exceptional Intercourse

  • Ben Davies

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 163-178

About this book


“This is one of the most persuasive studies of contemporary fiction published in recent years. Drawing on fresh philosophical and theoretical materials, the book is fascinating and leads us into daring and rigorous explorations of sex, sets, exceptionality, and the contemporary.” (Mark Currie, Professor of Contemporary Literature at Queen Mary, University of London, UK)


“Davies offers a fresh approach to the study of sex in contemporary fiction. Davies manages that ever so difficult task of combining literary theory with close textual attention. The result is a work that offers new theories of contemporary fiction, its form, and its style.”(Sarah Dillon, University Lecturer in Literature and Film, University of Cambridge, UK)


“Original and forward-moving, Davies’ book provides an analysis of sexual politics in contemporary culture. Through a lucid yet sophisticated reading of Agamben’s work, and a wide-range of texts, Davies explores difficult articulations of the thresholds of sexuality and sexual identity, and—surprisingly—arrives at a radical ethical/political theory.” (Claire Colebrook, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English, The Pennsylvania State University, USA)



Twentieth-Century Literature exceptionality contemporary literature sex time

Authors and affiliations

  • Ben Davies
    • 1
  1. 1.Social, Historical, Literary StudiesUniversity of PortsmouthHampshireUnited Kingdom

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