Afterlife and Narrative in Contemporary Fiction: Life After Death

Afterlife and Narrative in Contemporary Fiction: Life After Death

by A. Bennett
     
 

Afterlife and Narrative explores why life after death is such a potent cultural concept today, and why it is such an attractive prospect for modern fiction. The book mines a rich vein of imagined afterlives, from the temporal experiments of Martin Amis's Time's Arrow to narration from heaven in Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones .  See more details below

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Afterlife and Narrative explores why life after death is such a potent cultural concept today, and why it is such an attractive prospect for modern fiction. The book mines a rich vein of imagined afterlives, from the temporal experiments of Martin Amis's Time's Arrow to narration from heaven in Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones .

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'Bennett's unique focus on 'after life' narratives provides valuable insight into some of the possible repercussions of writing fiction in a time of 'posts' (postmodernism, posthumanism, and even posthumousism. Between these "posts," Bennett demonstrates that after-life narratives have the ability to give a voice to the dispossessed, and to create a space of discursive experimentation for perspectives that are non-Christian and non-Western. After Life is essential reading for anyone interested in what comes after the death of the author.' - Professor Marcel O'Gorman, Department of English, University of Waterloo, Canada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230364240
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Edition description:
2012
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

Meet the Author

ALICE BENNETT Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature at Liverpool Hope University, UK. She taught modern literature and theory at Durham University, UK, where she also completed her PhD.

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