Peter Childs offers accessible analyses of the work of twelve prominent writers, including Martin Amis, Pat Barker, Zadie Smith and Jeanette Winterson. Focusing on their most-studied writings, Childs develops new readings of these authors' key novels, while the introduction explains the dominant concerns of British fiction from 1970-2003, the period's historical context, and the "state of fiction" at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
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About the Author
Peter Childs is Professor of Modern English Literature at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. He is the author of a number of student texts in twentieth-century literature and culture including The Twentieth Century in Poetry (Routledge, 1998), Encyclopedia of Contemporary British Culture (Routledge, 1999), Reading Fiction: Opening the Text (Palgrave, 2001) and British Cultural Identities, 2e (Routledge, 2002, with Mike Storry).
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Novel Today
• Martin Amis: Lucre, Love and Literature
• Pat Barker: In the Shadow of Monstrosities
• Julian Barnes: 'A Mixture of Genres'
• Angela Carter: The Demythologizing Business
• Kazuo Ishiguro: Remain in Dreams
• Hanif Kureishi: In Black and White
• Ian McEwan: The Child in Us All
• Salman Rushdie: A Long Geographical Perspective
• Zadie Smith: Searching for the Inescapable
• Graham Smith: Past Present
• Irvine Welsh: Sex and Drugs and Violence
• Jeanette Winterson: Boundaries and Desire