Overview

British Fiction Today provides students and readers with a critical introduction to key authors and novels since 1990 and provides the latest critical perspectives on current British fiction. It offers comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of a broad range of selected contemporary authors, drawing together both established and emerging literary voices reflecting the scope of the new British writing. The book is organised around common themes - Modern Lives, Contemporary Living; Dreamtime; States of Identity and ...
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British Fiction Today

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Overview

British Fiction Today provides students and readers with a critical introduction to key authors and novels since 1990 and provides the latest critical perspectives on current British fiction. It offers comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of a broad range of selected contemporary authors, drawing together both established and emerging literary voices reflecting the scope of the new British writing. The book is organised around common themes - Modern Lives, Contemporary Living; Dreamtime; States of Identity and Histories. Each section begins with a short introductory essay and ends with a guide to further reading. Introducing key works, writers and major themes including post-colonialism, pluralism, gender and history, this book is the ideal guide to British fiction today. Includes discussion of Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Jonathan Coe, Alan Hollinghurst, Peter Ackroyd, Jenny Diski, Ben Okri, Salman Rushdie, Toby Litt, Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith, Jeanetter Winterson, Pat Barker, A S Byatt, Adam Thorpe and Sarah Waters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441181053
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 11/7/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 396 KB

Meet the Author

Rod Mengham is Reader in Modern English Literature at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Philip Tew is Professor of English (Post-1900 Literature) at Brunel University, UK, Director of Brunel's Centre for Contemporary Writing and Director of the UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Contributors
Introduction; Rod Mengham & Philip Tew
PART I: MODERN LIVES, CONTEMPORARY LIVING Introduction; Rod Mengham and Philip Tew
1. The Middle Years of Martin Amis - Joe Brooker
2. Julian Barnes and a Case of English Identity - Dominic Head
3. Genre, Repetition and History in Jonathan Coe - Pam Thurschwell
4. Alan Hollinghurst and Homosexual Identity - Kaye Mitchell
PART II: DISTORTIONS AND DREAMS
Introduction; Rod Mengham and Philip Tew
5. Reconsidering the Novels of Peter Ackroyd - Tamas Benyei
6. Jenny Diski's Millennial Imagination - Philip Tew
7. Ben Okri's Fiction 1995-2005- Chris Ringrose
8. Salman Rushdie: Paradox and Truth - Robert Eaglestone
PART III: STATES OF IDENTITY
Introduction - Rod Mengham and Philip Tew
9. Possessing Toby Litt's Ghost Story - Leigh Wilson
10. Ian McEwan's Ethical Fiction - Lynn Wells
11. Considering Zadie Smith's On Beauty - Fiona Tolan
12. Jeanette Winterson's Lighthousekeeping - Sonya Andermahr
PART IV: HISTORIES
Introduction; Rod Mengham and Philip Tew
13. Pat Barker's Regeneration Trilogy - Nick Hubble
14. A.S. Byatt's Woven Realism -Wendy Wheeler
15. Fiction's History: Adam Thorpe - Rod Mengham
16. Sarah Waters and the Victorians - Mark Wormald
Index
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