How did social, cultural and political events in Britain during the 1970s shape Contemporary British Fiction?
Exploring the impact of events like the Cold War, miners' strikes and Winter of Discontent, this volume charts the transition of British fiction from post-war to contemporary.
Chapters outline the decade's diversity of writing, showing how the literature of Ian McEwan and Ian Sinclair interacted with the experimental work of B.S. Johnson. Close contextual readings of Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish and English novels map the steady break-up of Britain. Tying the popularity of Angela Carter and Fay Weldon to the growth of the Women's Liberation Movement and calling attention to a new interest in documentary modes of autobiographical writing, this volume also examines the rising resonance of the marginal voices: the world of 1970s British Feminist fiction and postcolonial and diasporic writers.
Against a backdrop of social tensions, this major critical reassessment of the 1970s defines, explores and better understands the criticism and fiction of a decade marked by the sense of endings.
About the Author
Nick Hubble is Reader in English at Brunel University London, UK and the co-editor of The Science Fiction Handbook (2013), The 1970s (2014), The 1990s (2015), The 2000s (2015) and London in Contemporary British Fiction (2016) all published by Bloomsbury.
John McLeod is Professor of Postcolonial and Diaspora Literatures in the School of English at the University of Leeds, UK.
Philip Tew is Professor of English (Post-1900 Literature) at Brunel University, UK, Director of the Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing and Director of the UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies. His many publications as both author and editor include Reading Zadie Smith: The First Decade and Beyond (Bloomsbury, 2013) and (co-edited with Emily Horton and Leigh Wilson) The 1980s: A Decade of Modern British Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2014).
Table of ContentsSeries Introduction: Nick Hubble, Philip Tew & Leigh Wilson\Notes on Contributors\1. Volume Introduction, Nick Hubble, Philip Tew and John McLeod\2. The Literary History of the Decade, Mark P. William\3. The Ordinariness of the Extraordinary Break-Up of Britain, Nick Hubble\
4. 1970s British Feminist Fiction, Sonya Andermahr\5. The Black British 1970s, John McLeod\6. 'This time it's personal': reliving and rewriting History in 1970s fiction, Sam Goodman \7. Generic Discontinuities &Variations, Philip Tew\8. International Contexts, Tamas Benyai\Chronology of Events\Brief Biographies\Bibliography\Index
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