What a fantastic, smart, eloquent, and incisive book! The introduction, with its brilliant exposition of the stakes of contemporariness, of the historical sequences and patterns that have produced our ongoing and seemingly endless present, is alone worth the price of admission. But you will read on: the pleasure and the force of Joseph's unyielding mind grounds every reading in every chapter of this wonderful work.
An admirably capacious analysis of the contemporary literature of globalization and climate change, Joseph's book speaks powerfully to the capacity of narrative fiction to give form to questions of history, capitalism, technology, and planetary belonging. Her focus on the ethico-political work of rhetoric and syntax is a model for postcolonial scholars.
Offering an electrifying account of the multiple temporalities instituted by global modernity, Betty Joseph shows how the resources of the novel give shape to time in the face of the unprecedented historical, affective, technological, economic, and environmental changes wrought by globalization. From Empire to Anthropocene is a powerful and timely account of the ways our capacity to grasp the abstract forces governing our interconnected world depend upon literary figures and narrative forms.