Scholarly interest in the concept of lateness has experienced a surge in the last couple of years, especially in the European context, following Edward Said's On Late Style (2006). In August 2015, the New German Critique published a special issue entitled Figuring Lateness in Modern German Culture, and Ben Hutchinson's Lateness and Modern Europe represents the culmination of years of his own research in the field. “Lateness” as a heuristic for cultural and literary studies encompasses several subcategories, including lateness as maturity or old age, as tardiness, as epigonality, and as proximity to death. These subcategories are part of the European focus and do not broach the topic of “belated modernity,” a phrase used to express the status of cultures that are technologically, politically, or culturally “late” to modernity (e.g., as represented in studies by Gregory Jusdanis and Suna Ertuğrul et al.). The present book under review will appeal...

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