A Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction

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A Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction offers an authoritative overview of contemporary British fiction in its social, political, and economic contexts.

  • Focuses on the fiction that has emerged since the late 1970s, roughly since the start of the Thatcher era.
  • Comprises original essays from ...
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Overview

A Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction offers an authoritative overview of contemporary British fiction in its social, political, and economic contexts.

  • Focuses on the fiction that has emerged since the late 1970s, roughly since the start of the Thatcher era.
  • Comprises original essays from major scholars.
  • Topics range from the rise and fall of the postcolonial novel to controversies over the celebrity author.
  • The emphasis is on the whole fiction scene, from bookstores and prizes to the changing economics of film adaptation.
  • Enables students to read contemporary works of British fiction with a much clearer sense of where they fit within British cultural life.
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"Blackwell's new Companion to contemporary British fiction is a delight to review. It delivers on its promises to be innovative, highly readable, lively and topical, and it warrants wholehearted endorsement as an essenital addition to any library that is seriously developing resources for undergraduate and taught postgraduate study."
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"James English's companion contains a series of fresh, lively and insightful readings of the key figures in post-war British fiction from Martin Amis to Zadie Smith. Its coverage of the multiple, changing contexts - from globalization and the 'new ethnicities' to the rise of book groups and online retailing - in which that fiction is produced and consumed is generously wide-ranging and satisfyingly informative. This is an authoritative and approachable book." Michael Greaney, Lancaster University

“James English's A Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction is a valuable addition to discussions of recent writing. The essays collected here are wide-ranging, well-informed, and critically astute. This book will make a strong contribution to our understanding of the contemporary British novel.” Andrzej Gasiorek, University of Birmingham

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Meet the Author

James F. English is Professor and Chair of the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Comic Transactions: Literature, Humor, and the Politics of Community in Twentieth-Century Britain (1994) and The Economy of Prestige: Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value (2005).

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Table of Contents

Introduction : British fiction in a global frame 1
1 Literary fiction and the book trade 19
2 Literary authorship and celebrity culture 39
3 Fiction and the film industry 58
4 Tropicalizing London : British fiction and the discipline of postcolonialism 83
5 New ethnicities, the novel, and the burdens of representation 101
6 Devolving the Scottish novel 121
7 Northern Iris fiction : provisionals and patapysicians 141
8 The historical turn in British fiction 167
9 The woman writer and the continuities of feminism 188
10 Queer fiction : the ambiguous emergence of a genre 209
11 The demise of class fiction 229
12 What the porter saw : on the academic novel 248
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