The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 7: British and Irish Fiction Since 1940

Hardcover | March 5, 2016

EditorPeter Boxall, Bryan Cheyette

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The Oxford History of the Novel in English is a 12-volume series presenting a comprehensive, global, and up-to-date history of English-language prose fiction and written by a large, international team of scholars. The series is concerned with novels as a whole, not just the "literary" novel,and each volume includes chapters on the processes of production, distribution and reception, and on popular fiction and the fictional sub-genres, as well as outlining the work of major novelists, movements and tendencies. This volume offers the fullest and most nuanced account available of the last eight decades of British prose fiction. It begins during the Second World War, when novel production fell by more than a third, and ends at a time when new technologies have made possible the publication of anunprecedented number of fiction titles and have changed completely the relationship between authors, publishers, the novel and the reader. The collection is made up of thirty-four chapters by leading scholars in the field who detail the impact of global warfare on the novel from the Second World Warto the Cold War to the twenty-first century; the reflexive continuities of late modernism; the influence of film and television on the novel form; mobile and fluid connections between sexuality, gender and different periods of women's writing; a broad range of migrant and ethnic fictions; and thecontinuities and discontinuities of prose fiction in different regional, national, class and global contexts. Across the volume there is a blurring of the boundary between genre fiction and literary fiction, as the literary thinking of the period is traced in the spy novel, the children's novel, thehistorical novel, the serial novel, shorter fiction, the science fiction novel, and the comic novel. The final chapters of the volume explore the relationship of twenty-first century fiction to post-war culture, and show how this new fiction both emerges from the history of the novel, and prefiguresthe novel to come.

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The Oxford History of the Novel in English is a 12-volume series presenting a comprehensive, global, and up-to-date history of English-language prose fiction and written by a large, international team of scholars. The series is concerned with novels as a whole, not just the "literary" novel,and each volume includes chapters on the proc...

Peter Boxall is Professor of English at the University of Sussex. His books include Don DeLillo: The Possibility of Fiction (Routledge, 2006), Since Beckett: Contemporary Writing in the Wake of Modernism (Continuum, 2009) and Twenty-First Century Fiction: A Critical Introduction (CUP, 2013). He has edited a number of collections, inclu...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:624 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.1 inPublished:March 5, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Peter Boxall and Bryan Cheyette: Introduction: The Life and Death of the Post-War NovelPart 1: 1940-1973: Key Figures and Contexts1. Andrew Nash: The Material History of the Novel I: 1940-19732. Lara Feigel: Fiction during the Second World War3. Robert Eaglestone: The Question of Evil: Neo-Christianity and the Novel4. Nicola Wilson: Working Class Fictions5. John McLeod: The Novel and the End of Empire6. C.L. Innes: Migrant Writing7. Liz Sage: Women's Fiction after the War8. Zachary Leader: The Movement towards Englishness9. Tyrus Miller: The Continuities of Late Modernism: Before and after Beckett10. Philip Tew: Comedy, Class and Nation11. Michael Cronin: In the Wake of Joyce: Irish Writing after 193912. Rod Mengham: Judging the Distance: Fiction with Europe in MindPart 2: Genres/Subgenres13. Laura Marcus: Cinematic and Televisual Fiction14. John Brannigan: The Novel as History15. Nick Bentley: The Novel Sequence16. Adrian Hunter: Novel, Novella, Short Story17. Martin Priestman: Spies, Detectives and Heroes: From the Cold War to the War on Terror18. Peter Hunt: The Children's Novel19. Emma Parker: Queers, Chaps, Chicks and Lads20. Nadia Valman: Jewish Fictions21. Liam Connell: The Regional and the Global22. Sherryl Vint: Dystopian Science Fiction and the Return of the GothicPart 3: 1973-Present: Key Figures and Contexts23. Andrew Nash: The Material History of the Novel II 1973-Present24. Paul Crosthwaite: Fiction and Trauma from the Second World War to 9/1125. David James: Decentring Englishness26. Mary Eagleton: The Feminist Novel27. Peter Morey: Black British and British Asian Fiction28. Matthew Hart: A Plurinational Literature? Nationalism in British and Northern Irish Fiction Since 197029. Scott Hames: The New Scottish Renaissance?30. Derek Hand: Ireland and Europe after 197331. Kirsti Bohata: Welsh Fiction: 1979, 1997 and afterPart IV: Approaching the Twenty-first Century Novel32. Berthold Schoene: Twenty-First Century Fiction33. Peter Boxall and Bryan Cheyette: The Future of the Novel