Combining close readings of literature and theory, Sex, Time, and Space in Contemporary Fiction opens up new ways to consider the sex-time-space nexus. In an exciting and compelling contribution to contemporary literary studies, this book takes the concept of ‘exceptionality’ as its point of departure as developed through an exploration of Giorgio Agamben’s theory of the state of exception and the work of theorists including Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. Through an analysis of a range of widely read contemporary fiction, including On Chesil Beach, Gertrude and Claudius, The Act of Love and Room, Ben Davies provides a rigorous exploration of narrative form and offers original theories of the prequel, narrative relations in terms of set theory, and the practice of reading itself.
Davies, B. (2016). Sex, time, and space in contemporary fiction: Exceptional intercourse. Sex, Time, and Space in Contemporary Fiction: Exceptional Intercourse (pp. 1–178). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-48589-2