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Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

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Volume 62, Issue 4

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Here Comes Everybody: Anthropological Hyperbole in Some Recent Novels

Florian Kläger
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Published Online: 2014-11-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zaa-2014-0033

Abstract

In a number of recent British novels, readers encounter startlingly hyperbolic representations of characters and settings, indicative of an ambition to represent the human condition comprehensively. This essay reads this phenomenon in the context of recent critical commentary on the novel that has engaged with various kinds of universalisms (‘hysterical realism,’ ‘cosmopolitan’ and ‘cosmodernist’ novels, and ‘traumatological’ fiction). It suggests that the texts discussed here, Winterson’s The Stone Gods (2007), Crumey’s Sputnik Caledonia (2008), and McEwan’s Solar (2010), do not (only) aim at negotiating the place of individuals in globalized society and the dread of impersonal catastrophes, but at spelling out an anthropology: by way of autopoetological self-valorization, literature is presented as a prime medium of human relations to the world, answering to an essential anthropological deficiency.

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About the article

Corresponding author: PD Dr. Florian Kläger, English Department, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Johannisstr. 12-20, 48143 Münster, Germany, e-mail:


Published Online: 2014-11-26

Published in Print: 2014-12-01


Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Volume 62, Issue 4, Pages 291–308, ISSN (Online) 2196-4726, ISSN (Print) 0044-2305, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zaa-2014-0033.

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