An Introduction to Contemporary Fiction : International Writing in English Since 1970

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This volume provides a comprehensive introduction to fiction in the English-speaking world during the period from 1970 to the present day. During this period, a sea change has transformed fiction in English, and this collection introduces the key developments as well as the works of some of the most important writers today.
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Overview

This volume provides a comprehensive introduction to fiction in the English-speaking world during the period from 1970 to the present day. During this period, a sea change has transformed fiction in English, and this collection introduces the key developments as well as the works of some of the most important writers today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745619569
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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Rod Mengham is Lecturer in Faculty of English, University of Cambridge and Director of Studies in English, Jesus College, Cambridge
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. I Issues
1 Constructions of Identity in Post-1970 Experimental Fiction 15
2 The Power to Tell: Rape, Race and Writing in Afro-American Women's Fiction 32
3 Looking Awry: Tropes of Disability in Post-colonial Writing 53
4 Movement in Fiction 69
Pt. II Key Texts and Authors
5 The Dissident Imagination: Beckett's Late Prose Fiction 93
6 The Mutations of William Burroughs 110
7 1973 The End of History: Cultural Change According to Muriel Spark 123
8 Oswald our Contemporary: Don DeLillo's Libra 135
9 Graham Swift and the Mourning After 150
10 Mapping the Margins: Translation, Invasion and Celtic Islands in Brian Moore and John Fuller 168
11 The Uses of Impurity: Fiction and Fundamentalism in Salman Rushdie and Jeanette Winterson 182
12 Sex, Violence and Complicity: Martin Amis and Ian McEwan 203
13 Can Fiction Swear? James Kelman and the Booker Prize 219
Bibliography 235
Index 243
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