English Fiction Since 1984: Narrating a Nation

Hardcover | November 28, 2006

byBrian Finney

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This book focuses on the work of a group of British novelists who have broken in different ways from the realist British novel of the post Second World War period without losing their broad appeal among readers. Authors discussed include Salman Rushdie, A.S. Byatt, Ian McEwan, Angela Carter, Jeanette Winterson and Kazuo Ishiguro. All of these writers have been compelled to seek out new narrative strategies to give appropriate expression to their different responses to a world dominated by global capital and by the media and electronic systems of communication serving its ends.

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This book focuses on the work of a group of British novelists who have broken in different ways from the realist British novel of the post Second World War period without losing their broad appeal among readers. Authors discussed include Salman Rushdie, A.S. Byatt, Ian McEwan, Angela Carter, Jeanette Winterson and Kazuo Ishiguro. All o...

BRIAN FINNEY is an Associate Professor in English at California State University, Long Beach, USA. He taught at London University from 1964-1987, and, since emigrating to the USA, at UCR, UCLA, and USC. He has published Since How It Is: A Study of Samuel Beckett's Later Fiction (1972), Christopher Isherwood: A Critical Biography for w...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.75 × 5.59 × 0.76 inPublished:November 28, 2006Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230008550

ISBN - 13:9780230008557

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements * Introduction * PART I: HISTORY, MODERNITY AND METAFICTION * Preface * Peter Ackroyd: Chatterton (1987) * Julian Barnes: A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters (1989) * Martin Amis: Time's Arrow (1991) * A.S. Byatt: Angels and Insects (1992) * Ian McEwan: Atonement (2001) * PART II: NATIONAL CULTURES AND HYBRID NARRATIVE MODES * Preface * Salman Rushdie: The Satanic Verses (1988) * Hanif Kureishi: The Buddha of Suburbia (1990) * Kazuo Ishiguro: When We Were Orphans (2000) * PART III: NARRATIVE CONSTRUCTIONS OF IDENTITY * Preface * Angela Carter: Nights at the Circus (1984) * Jeanette Winterson: Written on the Body (1992) * Graham Swift: Last Orders (1996) * Bibliography * Index