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The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction since 1945

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David James, Dominic Head, Kirsti Bohata, David Goldie, Aarthi Vadde, Emma Parker, Sarah Brophy, Kasim Husain, Daniel Weston, Peter Boxall, Julia Jordan, Joseph Brooker, Michael LeMahieu, Nicky Marsh, Matthew Hart, Weihsin Gui
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  • Date Published: January 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107040236

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  • This Companion offers a compelling engagement with British fiction from the end of the Second World War to the present day. Since 1945, British literature has served to mirror profound social, geopolitical and environmental change. Written by a host of leading scholars, this volume explores the myriad cultural movements and literary genres that have affected the development of postwar British fiction, showing how writers have given voice to matters of racial, regional and sexual identity. Covering subjects from immigration and ecology to science and globalism, this Companion draws on the latest critical innovations to provide insights into the traditions shaping the literary landscape of modern Britain, thus making it an essential resource for students and specialists alike.

    • Provides series of approaches to postwar and contemporary British literature, taking into account both regional and global contexts
    • Relates a range of environmental, economic and political questions to specific formal developments in British fiction
    • Includes an extensive guide to further reading for this methodologically and thematically expanding field of study
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    '… The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction since 1945 offers an excellent critical introduction to the development of the novel in Britain since the Second World War, and James's careful organization and editing result in a wide-ranging and accessible collection.' Nick Bentley, The Review of English Studies

    'The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction since 1945 offers an excellent critical introduction to the development of the novel in Britain since the Second World War, and James's careful organization and editing result in a wide-ranging and accessible collection. The book is ideal for selective dipping into, but what is striking for the reader that goes from start to finish is the productive overlaps with the reappearance of some writers in different chapters, such as Ishiguro, Rushdie, Swift and Winterson, like the return of recognized characters in an epic narrative.' Nick Bentley, University of Keele

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    • Date Published: January 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107040236
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: critical constructions of British fiction since 1945 David James
    1. Mapping rural and regional identities Dominic Head
    2. Welsh fiction Kirsti Bohata
    3. Scottish fiction David Goldie
    4. Narratives of migration, immigration and interconnection Aarthi Vadde
    5. Re-envisioning feminist fiction Emma Parker
    6. Innovations in queer writing Sarah Brophy and Kasim Husain
    7. Nature writing and the environmental imagination Daniel Weston
    8. Science, technology and the posthuman Peter Boxall
    9. Late modernism and the avant-garde renaissance Julia Jordan
    10. Reanimating historical fiction Joseph Brooker
    11. The novel of ideas Michael LeMahieu
    12. Finance, fiction and the genre of a world economy Nicky Marsh
    13. Globalism and historical romance Matthew Hart
    14. Transnational forms in British fiction Weihsin Gui.

  • Editor

    David James, Queen Mary University of London
    David James is Reader in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Queen Mary, University of London. Author of Contemporary British Fiction and the Artistry of Space and Modernist Futures, his collaborative volumes on late twentieth- and twenty-first-century narrative include The Legacies of Modernism, Fiction since 2000: Postmillennial Commitments, and Andrea Levy: Contemporary Critical Perspectives.

    Contributors

    David James, Dominic Head, Kirsti Bohata, David Goldie, Aarthi Vadde, Emma Parker, Sarah Brophy, Kasim Husain, Daniel Weston, Peter Boxall, Julia Jordan, Joseph Brooker, Michael LeMahieu, Nicky Marsh, Matthew Hart, Weihsin Gui

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