- Author(s): Martin, Theodore
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2018.142.1.124
This essay traces the century-long history of contemporary literature as a field of study in English departments. Showing how prior debates about the scholarly status of contemporary literature coincided with both changing disciplinary methodologies and the changing political landscape of the university, the essay argues that prevailing anxieties about the study of the contemporary today are central to explaining the emergence of a new kind of contemporary novel.