Reading the Novel in English 1950 - 2000 / Edition 1

Reading the Novel in English 1950 - 2000 / Edition 1

by Brian W. Shaffer
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Reading the Novel in English 1950 - 2000 / Edition 1

  • Written in clear, jargon-free prose, this introductory text charts the variety of novel writing in English in the second half of the twentieth century.
  • An engaging introduction to the English-language novel from 1950-2000 (exclusive of the US).
  • Provides students both with strategies for interpretation and with fresh readings of selected seminal texts.
  • Maps out the most important contexts and concepts for understanding this fiction.
  • Features readings of ten influential English-language novels including Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Kazuo Ishiguro’s Remains of the Day and Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart.

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ISBN-13: 9781405101134
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/10/2005
Series: Reading the Novel Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents



1. Introduction: Contexts and Concepts for Reading the Novel in English, 1950-2000.

2. Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim (1953).

3. William Golding’s Lord of the Flies (1954).

4. Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (1958).

5. Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961).

6. Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea (1966).

7. J. M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians (1980).

8. Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985).

9. Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day (1989).

10. Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy (1992).

11. Graham Swift’s Last Orders (1996).


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