Analysing David Peace provides an exciting, challenging and accessible critical introduction to the work of contemporary British novelist David Peace. Through a detailed analysis of his writings, as well as the socio-cultural contexts of their production and dissemination, the collection explores Peace's attempts to capture the sensibilities of late twentieth century society and contributes to an ongoing debate in the media about his representations. Peace is an emerging author who is widely read and taught and whose novels are increasingly celebrated. In the past decade Peace has won the James Tait Black Memorial Award and was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. The four novels of his Red Riding Quartet interrogate British society of the 1970s/80s through the prism of the hunt for the serial killer dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper. GB84 examines the machinations of the 1984-5 UK miners' strike, while The Damned United explores relationships between masculinity and football through the doomed reign of manager Brian Clough at British football club Leeds United in 1974. In the Tokyo Trilogy, Peace develops an interest in occupation and the occult, interrogating Japan's post-war legacy of defeat and its resonance to our contemporary world. This collection offers an essential guide to the work of David Peace, as well as a unique insight into his canon to date.
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About the Author
Katy Shaw is Senior Lecturer in Literature at the University of Brighton. She is the foremost expert on David Peace and a leading researcher in literature of the 1984-5 UK miners' strike. Shaw specializes in working class literature, literatures of post-industrial regeneration and the contemporary British novel. Her monograph David Peace: Texts and Contexts was the first critical text published on the author, while her journal articles and book chapters have positioned her as a key figure in the field. She is the founder and editor of C21 Literature: Journal of Twenty-First Century Writings.
Table of Contents
Introduction Katy Shaw 1
Chapter 1 Politics, Class and the 1970s/80s Paddy Maguire 11
Chapter 2 "No Redemption": The Death of the City in the Work of David Peace Jarred Keyes 19
Chapter 3 The Great Yorkshire Fugure: Bare Life in the Red Riding Quartet Dean Lockwood 41
Chapter 4 "Pictures at an Atrocity Exhibition": Modernism and Dystopian Realism in David Peace's Red Riding Quartet Alec Charles 61
Chapter 5 GB84: A Message from the English Tourist Board Gene Gregorits 77
Chapter 6 The United and the Damned: Masculinities, Fathers and Sons in the Damned United Garry Whannel 93
Chapter 7 To The North David Thompson 107
Chapter 8 Reimagining Red Riding John Fitzgerald 115