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Contemporary Drift: Genre, Historicism, and the Problem of the Present

Theodore Martin


What does it mean to call something “contemporary”? More than simply denoting what’s new, it speaks to how we come to know the present we’re living in and how we develop a shared story about it. The story of trying to understand the present is an integral, yet often unnoticed, part of the literature and film of our moment. In Contemporary Drift, Theodore Martin argues that the contemporary is not just a historical period but also a conceptual problem, and he claims that contemporary genre fiction offers a much-needed resource for resolving that problem. Contemporary Drift combines a theoretica ... More

Keywords: The contemporary, the present, genre, historicism, periodization, temporality, climate change, labor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780231181921
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231181921.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theodore Martin, author
University of California, Irvine