B. S. Johnson: A Critical Reading

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This study introduces the prose writing of B.S. Johnson, the British novelist who adapted the experimentalism of the nouveau roman and committed his narratives to a plural and chaotic notion of truth as a literary critique. Philip Tew examines different themes and phases of Johnson's writing, offering new and original interpretations of his work.

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Overview

This study introduces the prose writing of B.S. Johnson, the British novelist who adapted the experimentalism of the nouveau roman and committed his narratives to a plural and chaotic notion of truth as a literary critique. Philip Tew examines different themes and phases of Johnson's writing, offering new and original interpretations of his work.

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Tew (English and aesthetics, U. of Debrecen, Hungary; English and creative writing, U. of Central England, Birmingham) begins by reviewing the life and work of British novelist Johnson (1933- 73). Then he explores his methodological and critical sources, themes, the social and historical milieu, class consciousness, and reception. Finally, he considers the two central philosophical themes of spatiality and intersubjectivity to illuminate those aspects further. Distributed in the US by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719056260
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Tew is Senior Lecturer in English and Aesthetics at the University of Debrecen.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Note on primary texts and their citation
Prologue
Pt. 1 B. S. Johnson
1 The writer: exposition 3
2 The writer: development 37
Pt. 2 Methods, Aesthetics and Comparisons
3 Theoretical contexts 73
4 The aesthetic project 103
5 Moving beyond comparison 131
Pt. 3 Spatiality and Intersubjectivities
6 Cartography of the self and the city 167
7 Intersubjective strategies 207
Coda: Johnson's intermixture of laws 245
Bibliography 251
Index 269
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