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Discrepant Solace: Contemporary Literature and the Work of Consolation

David James


Consolation has always played an uncomfortable part in the literary history of loss. But in recent decades its affective meanings and ethical implications have been recast by narratives that appear to foil solace altogether. Illuminating this striking archive, Discrepant Solace considers writers who engage with consolation not as an aesthetic salve but as an enduring problematic for late twentieth- and twenty-first-century fiction and memoir. Making close readings of emotion crucial to understanding literature’s work in the precarious present, David James examines writers who are rarely consid ... More

Keywords: contemporary fiction, life-writing, consolation, loss, literary form, affect studies, history of emotions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198789758
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198789758.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David James, author
Professorial Research Fellow, University of Birmingham