The Contemporary British Novel Since 1980

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Mai 2006



Written by some of the world's finest contemporary literature specialists, the specially commissioned essays in this volume examine the work of more than twenty major British novelists, including Peter Ackroyd, Martin Amis, Iain (M.) Banks, Pat Barker, Julian Barnes, A.S. Byatt, Angela Carter, Janice Galloway, Kazuo Ishiguro, Hanif Kureishi, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, Graham Swift, Rose Tremain, Marina Warner, Irvine Welsh and Jeanette Winterson. Focusing mainly on authors whose first novels have appeared since 1980, the essays provide expert and original analysis of the most recent trends in the theory and practice of contemporary British fiction, and are organized by these 4 major approaches: realism, postcolonialism, feminism and postmodernism.


Acknowledgements Introduction; J.Acheson & S.C.E.Ross PART
I: REALISM AND OTHER -ISMS Realism, Dreams and the Unconscious in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro; F.M.Holmes Ian McEwan: Contemporary Realism and the Novel of Ideas; J.Seaboyer The Unnatural Scene: the Fiction of Irvine Welsh;
A.Riach Angela Carter's Magic Realism; D.Punter Facticity, or Something Like That: The Novels of James Kelman; L.Nicoll One Nation, Oneself: Politics, Place and Identity in Martin Amis' Fiction; D.Lea PART
II: POSTCOLONIALISM AND OTHER -ISMS Abdulrazak Gurnah and Hanif Kureishi: Failed Revolutions;
B.King Salman Rushdie's Fathers; H.Lee Postcolonialism and 'The Figure of the Jew': Caryl Phillips and Zadie Smith; B.Moore-Gilbert Mingling and Metamorphing: Articulations of Feminism and Postcoloniality in Marina Warner's Fiction;
C.Zabus PART
III: FEMINISM AND OTHER -ISMS Regeneration, Redemption, Resurrection: Pat Barker and the Problem of Evil; S.C.E.Ross 'Partial to Intensity': The Novels of A. L. Kennedy; G.Norquay Gender and Creativity in the Fictions of Janice Galloway;
D.McMillan Appetite, Desire and Belonging in the Novels of Rose Tremain; S.Sceats Desire for Syzygy in the Novels of A.S. Byatt; K.Tarbox Jeanette Winterson and the Lesbian Postmodern: Story-telling, Performativity and the Gay Aesthetic; P.Palmer PART
IV: POSTMODERNISM AND OTHER -ISMS (Re)Constituted Pasts: Postmodern Historicism in the Novels of Graham Swift and Julian Barnes; D.Bedggood Colonising the Past: the Novels of Peter Ackroyd; D.L.Higdon Player of Games: Iain (M.) Banks, Jean François Lyotard and Sublime Terror; C.Craig Notes on Contributors


JAMES ACHESON is former Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is author of Samuel Beckett's Artistic Theory and Practice: Criticism, Drama, Early Fiction and John Fowles. SARAH C. E. ROSS is a Lecturer in English at Massey University, New Zealand, where she teaches Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Contemporary Fiction.

EAN: 9781403974297
ISBN: 1403974292
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2006
Seitenanzahl: 250 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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