British Fiction after Modernism: The Novel at Mid-Century

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This collection of essays by leading and emergent critics of twentieth-century fiction offers a wide-ranging and provocative reassessment of the British novel's achievements after modernism. Focusing on mid-century writing, the book identifies continuities of preoccupation - with national identity, historiography and the challenge to literary form presented by public and private violence—that span the entire century. The book offers new readings of such famous figures as Amis, Golding, Greene and Spark, and ...

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Overview

This collection of essays by leading and emergent critics of twentieth-century fiction offers a wide-ranging and provocative reassessment of the British novel's achievements after modernism. Focusing on mid-century writing, the book identifies continuities of preoccupation - with national identity, historiography and the challenge to literary form presented by public and private violence—that span the entire century. The book offers new readings of such famous figures as Amis, Golding, Greene and Spark, and reappraises the work of brilliant but less familiar contemporaries including Ann Quin, Elizabeth Taylor and Storm Jameson.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403986429
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction—M.MacKay & L.Stonebridge
• The Fiction of Ann Quin—G.Barrett
• Ivy Compton-Burbanett's Risible Children—S.Crangle
• Rendering Justice to the Visible World: History, Politics and National identity in the Novels of Graham Greene—A.Gasiorek
• Angus Wilson: No Laughing Matter and No Laughing Matter—S.Jacobi
• Reconsidering Lucky Jim—G.Londe
• William Golding and the Rewriting of Masculinity—K.McCarron
• The Nooks and Crannies of her Being: Howard Spring's Shabby Tiger and Northern Camp—Paul Magrs
• No Room of One's Own: Looking Again at Storm Jameson—E.Maslen
• Bad Talk Behaviour in Novels by Patrick Hamilton and Elizabeth Bowen—J.Mepham
• Memento Mori and the Cold War Way of Death—R.Mengham
• Elizabeth Taylor and Post-War Mood—N.Reeve
• The Greater Tragedy Imposed on the Small: Art, Anachrony and the Perils of
• Bohemia in Rebecca West's The Fountain Overflows—V.Sage
• Olivia Manning—J.Treglown
• Mid-century Moralists: Ethics, Epistemology and the Dialogue with Realism
• in the Writing of Doris Lessing and Iris Murdoch—P.Waugh
• Loving Henry Green—J.Wood
• Index

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