Atlantic Afterlives in Contemporary Fiction

The Oceanic Imaginary in Literature since the Information Age

  • Authors
  • Sofia¬†Ahlberg

Part of the The New Urban Atlantic book series (NUA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Sofia Ahlberg
      Pages 1-15
  3. Leaking Oceans

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Sofia Ahlberg
      Pages 19-43
    3. Sofia Ahlberg
      Pages 45-68
  4. Unsound Waves

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Sofia Ahlberg
      Pages 71-95
    3. Sofia Ahlberg
      Pages 97-122
  5. The Coastless Sea

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Sofia Ahlberg
      Pages 125-145
    3. Sofia Ahlberg
      Pages 147-175
  6. Conclusion

    1. Sofia Ahlberg
      Pages 177-185
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 187-212

About this book


Atlantic Afterlives in Contemporary Fiction offers fresh readings of what has been called "transatlantic literature". In selected twentieth- and twenty-first-century texts it discovers a shift from oceanic, place-based knowledge to an atmospheric, placeless circulation of information. Consonant with the displacements of the Information Age, this book reads contemporary narrative as it imagines and navigates today's virtual spaces. An important conclusion of the book is that intellectual resources are finite and should be used sustainably. Thus, arguing against a conventional comparative approach, this book proposes reading practices that resist the tendency toward an oversupply of reworked literary contexts that seems bent on matching the reach of the World Wide Web. Instead, the book reimagines place as a practice in the way it is communicated and narrated. Ultimately, this book empowers the reader to reimagine a future for narrative in the Information Age.


Britain cultural theory culture English literature fiction history of literature literary theory literature Narrative North America twentieth century

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