British Avant-Garde Fiction of the 1960s

British Avant-Garde Fiction of the 1960s


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Provides much-needed critical analyses of the work of 60s avant-garde writers . Offers focused essays - each presents one author in their cultural/critical/historical contexts - by experts in the field. Recuperates a lost decade in British literature and thus fills a vital gap in literary history, between late modernism and early postmodernism. Responds to burgeoning critical and popular interest in authors such as Christine Brooke-Rose, Ann Quin, and B.S. Johnson, and to a widespread interest in experimental and innovative writing more generally.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474436199
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr Kaye Mitchell is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature at the University of Manchester.

Nonia Williams is a Lecturer in Literature in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction: 'The avant-garde must not be romanticized. The avant-garde must not be dismissed', Kaye Mitchell
1. Muriel Spark and the possibility of popular experiment, Marina McKay
2. B.S. Johnson: the book as dynamic object', Joseph Darlington
3. Giles Gordon: Beyond the Words, and beyond the language of experimentalism, David Hucklesby
4. Brigid Brophy's aestheticism: the camp anti-novel, Len Gutkin
5. Alexander Trocchi: Man at leisure, Christopher Webb
6. Anna Kavan: Pursuing the 'in-between reality' hidden by the 'ordinary surface of things', Hannah Van Hove
7. J.G. Ballard: Visuality and the novels of the near future, Natalie Ferris
8. Ann Quin: 'infuriating' experiments?, Nonia Williams
9. Contradiction, Incongruity and Fragmentation: Political and Avant-Garde Compromise in the Work of Alan Burns, Kieran Devaney
10. Eva Figes: tracing the survival of a 'poetry of the inarticulate', Chris Clarke
11. Christine Brooke-Rose: the development of experiment, Stephanie Jones
12. Aspirations inevitably failing: hope and negativity in Rayner Heppenstall's experimental fiction of the 1960s, Philip Tew
13. Maureen Duffy: the politics of experimental fiction, Eveline Kilian
14. Not the Last Word on the Sixties Avant Garde: An Afterword, Glyn White

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