This book focuses on the imaginary construction and deconstruction of human communities in modern and contemporary fiction. Drawing on recent theoretical debate on the notion of community (Nancy, Blanchot, Badiou, Esposito), this collection examines narratives by Joyce, Mansfield, Davies, Naipaul, DeLillo, Atwood and others.
Pilar Villar Argaiz, University of Granada, Spain Mercedes Diaz Duenas, University of Granada, Spain Maria J. Lopez, University of Cordoba, Spain
Introduction 1. Organic and Unworked Communities in James Joyce's The Dead; Pilar Villar Argaiz 2. 'Two Grinning Puppets Jigging Away in Nothingness:' Symbolism and the Community of Lovers in Katherine Mansfield's Short Fiction; Gerardo Rodriguez Salas 3. 'A Panegyric Preached Over an Empty Coffin': Waugh, or, the Inevitable End of Community; Julian Jimenez Heffernan 4. 'Being involved:' Community and Commitment in Graham Greene's The Quiet American; Paula Martin Salvan 5. Doomed to Walk the Night: Ghostly Communities and Promises in the Novels of Alex La Guma; Maria J. Lopez 6. The Secret of Robertson Davies' Cornish Communities; Mercedes Diaz Duenas 7. When Strangers Are Never At Home: A Communitarian Study of Janet Frame's The Carpathians; Gerardo Rodriguez Salas 8. Communal 'Openness' to an Irreducible Outside: The Inoperative Community in Edna O'Brien's Short Fiction; Pilar Villar Argaiz 9. 'A Political Anxiety:' Naipaul, or the Unlikely Beginning of Community; Julian Jimenez Heffernan 10. 'Longing on a Large Scale:' Models of Communitarian Reconstitution in Don DeLillo's Fiction; Paula Martin Salvan 11. 'I Am Not a Herald of Community:' Communities of Contagion and Touching in The Letters of J.M. Coetzee; Maria J. Lopez 12. Immortality and Immunity in Margaret Atwood's Futuristic Dystopias; Mercedes Diaz Duenas