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Nicholas Taylor-Collins is an academic and writer. Whilst his primary research is in modern and contemporary Irish literature, he has also written a book on ‘hyper-contemporary’ literature. Judge for Yourself: Reading contemporary literature and book-prize shortlists was published with Routledge in 2020.

Judge for Yourself puts the challenge of judging and evaluating brand-new writing in the hands of the reader. It invites readers to consider how to read new writing that has not (yet) gathered a critical consensus: this is called ‘hyper-contemporary literature’. It introduces readers to key, current topics of critical discussions in the academy: fourth-wave feminism, queer studies, postcolonialism, and class. It also explores how book reviews can help—and hinder!—us in reading new literature. Judge for Yourself is an ideal companion to undergraduates studying literature, or for the bibliophile and book-club grandee.

This blog is a partner to Judge for Yourself. In the spirit of empowering the reader, you are invited to submit your own blogs on hyper-contemporary writing. If you’re interested, please contact Nicholas via the link below.


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