Ways of Re-Thinking Literature creates a unique platform where leading literary thinkers and practitioners provide a multiplicity of views into what literature is today.

The texts gathered in this extraordinary collection range from philosophy to poetry, to theater, to cognitive sciences, to art criticism, to fiction, and their authors rank amongst the most significant figures in their fields, in France, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Topics covered include an assessment of the role of literary narratives in contemporary writing, new considerations on the novel, a redefinition of the "poetic" factor in poetry and life, and a discussion of how literature engages with contemporary forms of individuality.

Under the auspices of literary luminaries Hélène Cixous and the late John Ashbery, these new pieces of writing bring to light contributions by innovative and well-established authors from the English-speaking sphere, as well as never-before translated prominent new voices in French theory.

Featuring original work from some of today’s most influential authors, Ways of Re-Thinking Literature is an indispensable tool for anybody interested in the future and possibilities of literature as an endeavor for life, thought, and creativity.

With special cover artwork by Rita Ackermann, the volume includes contributions from Emily Apter, Philippe Artières, John Ashbery, Paul Audi, Dodie Bellamy, Tom Bishop, Hélène Cixous, Laurent Dubreuil, Tristan Garcia, Stathis Gourgouris, Donatien Grau, Boris Groys, Shelley Jackson, Wayne Koestenbaum, Camille Laurens, Vanessa Place, Maël Renouard, Peter Schjeldahl, Adam Thirlwell, and Camille de Toledo.

chapter |4 pages


chapter |2 pages


part |45 pages

Literary narratives

chapter |11 pages

The disappearing avant-garde

chapter |14 pages

The critical life

Rethinking biography in an experimental mode

chapter |8 pages

What literature can do

part |32 pages

Literature and the novel

chapter |8 pages

The installation as novel

chapter |8 pages

History of new novels

chapter |14 pages

What becomes of the novel when the gods are coming back

A secular form of literature facing the return of religion

part |54 pages

Literature and the poetic

chapter |19 pages

The route of the impossible

Aesth/ethics of Paul Celan’s The Meridian

part |79 pages

A new subjectivity

chapter |9 pages

Hoarding as écriture

chapter |8 pages

Corpse pose

chapter |9 pages

Some fragments

chapter |10 pages

Fictional habitation

chapter |7 pages

Act two

Why I am a destiny

chapter |19 pages


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