An Introduction to Contemporary Fiction / Edition 1

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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: 9780745619576
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 154.90 (w) x 229.80 (h) x 17.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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: Rod Mengham.

Part I: Issues:.

1. Constructions of Identity in Post-1970 Experimental Fiction: Kathleen M. Wheeler.

2. The Power to Tell: Rape, Race and Writing in Afro-American Women's Fiction: Maud Ellmann.

3. Looking Awry: Tropes of Disability in Post-colonial Writing: Ato Quayson.

4. Movement in Fiction: John Harvey.

Part II: Key Texts and Authors: .

5. The Dissident Imagination: Beckett's Late Prose Fiction: Drew Milne.

6. The Mutations of William Burroughs: Geoff Ward.

7. 1973 The End of History: Cultural Change According to Muriel Spark: Rod Mengham.

8. Oswald our Contemporary: Don DeLillo's Libra: N. H. Reeve.

9. Graham Swift and the Mourning After: Adrian Poole.

10. Mapping the Margins: Translation, Invasion and Celtic Islands in Brian Moore and John Fuller: Sophie Gilmartin.

11. The Uses of Impurity: Fiction and Fundamentalism in Salman Rushdie and Jeanette Winterson: Mark Wormald.

12. Sex, Violence and Complicity: Martin Amis and Ian McEwan: Kiernan Ryan.

13. Can Fiction Swear? James Kelman and the Booker Prize: Geoff Gilbert.

Bibliography.

Index.

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