Christine Brooke-Rose and Contemporary Fiction by Sarah BirchChristine Brooke-Rose and Contemporary Fiction by Sarah Birch

Christine Brooke-Rose and Contemporary Fiction

bySarah Birch

Hardcover | October 1, 1992

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This is the first full-length study of the fiction of Christine Brooke-Rose, one of the most innovative and yet critically neglected of contemporary British writers. Setting her work firmly in the context of English and French writing and literary and feminist theory, Sarah Birch examines the full range of Brooke-Rose's fiction: the early realist novels published between 1957-1961; the strongly anti-realist period beginning with Out (1964), when Brooke-Rose'swork was seen to be heavily influenced by French experimental fiction; and the third phase of her development which began with Xorandor (1986) and which marks a questioning return to the traditional techniques of the novel. Sarah Brich asks why a novelist who has been so highly praised by criticsis nevertheless excluded from the contemporary canon, and argues that Brooke-Rose's position on the borders of European and British cultures raises key questions concenring the notion of a `national' tradition and of literary post-modernism. For Birch, Brooke-Rose's work is best understood as apoetic and playful questioning of categories in general, be they discursive or cultural. Drawing on a detailed knowledge of literary theory, this is a major study of an important but critically neglected novelist and a perceptive analysis of the position of contemporary experimental writers.
Most recently Professor of English, L'viv State University, Ukraine. Now studying for MA in Political Behaviour, University of Essex.
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Title:Christine Brooke-Rose and Contemporary FictionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:262 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:October 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198123752

ISBN - 13:9780198123750

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`This, the first full-length study of her fiction, fulfils its purpose extremely well. As a general study it is admirable, clearly laid out, lucidly argued, and consistently capable of responding to the wide-ranging demands which Brooke-Rose makes upon her reader.'Flora Alexander, University of Aberdeen, Review of English Studies, Vol. XLVII, No. 188, Nov '96