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Harmonie ist eine Strategie : Gattungs- und Formwissen in Ali Smiths 'Brexit-Roman' Autumn (2016)

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Klaeger, Florian:
Harmonie ist eine Strategie : Gattungs- und Formwissen in Ali Smiths 'Brexit-Roman' Autumn (2016).
In: Rössler, Reto ; Johann, Wolfgang ; Patrut, Iulia (ed.): Transformationen Europas in der Literatur und Ästhetik des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts : zur Ästhetik und Wissensgeschichte der interkulturellen Moderne. - Bielefeld : transcript , 2019 . - pp. 371-388
ISBN 978-3-8394-4698-0

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Ali Smith’s novel Autumn (2016) immediately acquired near-canonical status in academic discussions of ‘BrexLit’, i.e., literary responses to the 2016 British referendum on leaving the European Union. This chapter considers the functions of Autumn’s self-conscious references to the Victorian genre of the ‘Condition of England’ novel. It argues that the older genre’s central premise – the idea that England is divided into ‘two nations’ – is explored in Autumn as a potential pattern for making sense of the current political situation. However, Smith dismisses the standard solutions offered by that genre’s conventions, especially the dialogue between the divided ‘cultures’ within the nation, as model responses. In the process, ‘genre knowledge’ (Gattungswissen) and ‘form knowledge’ (Formwissen) are exposed as conventions disappointing the hopes placed in them. Still, the function of literature and art as repositories of historical models for problem solving is affirmed: the post-referendum ‘Remainers’ are presented as deeply disorientated, and the novel suggests that a cure for their despair may be found in a ‘shared’, cosmopolitan and European archive, rather than in an isolationist national tradition.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Professorship English Literature
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Professorship English Literature > Professorship English Literature - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Florian Klaeger
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Cultural Encounters and Transcultural Processes
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Institute for American Studies - BIFAS
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Institute of African Studies - IAS > Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies - BAAAS
Research Institutions > Collaborative Research Centers, Research Unit > EXC 2052 - Africa Multiple: Afrikastudien neu gestalten
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 800 Literature > 820 English and Old English literatures
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2019 11:24
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2019 11:24
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/48580