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Unmaking Love – The Contemporary Novel and the Impossibility of Union - Columbia Scholarship Online
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Unmaking Love: The Contemporary Novel and the Impossibility of Union

Ashley T. Shelden


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 ... More

Keywords: modernism, contemporary literature, the novel, queer, love, negativity, difference, otherness, ethics, global

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780231178228
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231178228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ashley T. Shelden, author
Kennesaw State University

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