Unmaking love : the contemporary novel and the impossibility of union

by Shelden, Ashley T.,

Format: Print Book 2017
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PR888.L69 S457 2017
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PR888.L69 S457 2017
The contemporary novel does more than revise our conception of love--it explodes it, queers it, and makes it unrecognizable. Rather than providing union, connection, and completion, love in contemporary fiction destroys the possibility of unity, harbors negativity, and foregrounds difference.

Comparing contemporary and modernist depictions of love to delineate critical continuities and innovations, Unmaking Love locates queerness in the novelistic strategies of Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith, Hanif Kureshi, Alan Hollinghurst, and Hari Kunzru. In their work, "queer love" becomes more than shorthand for sexual identity. It comes to embody thwarted expectations, disarticulated organization, and unnerving multiplicity. In queer love, social forms are deformed, affective bonds do not bind, and social structures threaten to come undone. Unmaking Love draws on psychoanalysis and gender and sexuality studies to read love's role in contemporary literature and its relation to queer negativity.
Additional Information
Series Literature Now.
Subjects English fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
English fiction -- 21st century -- History and criticism.
Love in literature.
Intimacy (Psychology) in literature.
Modernism (Literature) -- Great Britain.
Publisher New York :2017
Other Titles Contemporary novel and the impossibility of union
Language English
Description xi, 186 pages ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-177) and index.
ISBN 9780231178228
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