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Contemporary British Fiction

Nick Bentley

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This critical guide introduces major novelists and themes in British fiction from 1975 to 2005. It engages with concepts such as postmodernism, feminism, gender and the postcolonial, and examines the place of fiction within broader debates in contemporary culture.

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Contents

Series Preface
Acknowledgements
Chronology
Introduction: Historical and Theoretical Contexts 1979-2005
Chapter 1 Narrative Forms: Postmodernism and Realism
Martin Amis, London Fields (1989)
Alasdair Gray, Poor Things (1992)
Zadie Smith, White Teeth (2000)
Chapter 2 Writing Contemporary Ethnicities
Salman Rushdie, Shame (1983)
Courttia Newland, Soceity Within (1999)
Monica Ali, Brick Lane (2003)
Chapter 3 Gender and Sexuality
Angela Carter, The Passion of New Eve (1977)
Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985)
Nick Hornby, Fever Pitch (1992)
Chapter 4 History, Memory and Writing
Graham Swift, Waterland (1983)
A. S. Byatt, Possession: A Romance (1990)
Ian McEwan, Atonement (2001)
Chapter 5 Narratives of Cultural Space
Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia (1990)
Iain Sinclair, Downriver (1991)
Julian Barnes, England, England (1998)
Conclusion
Student Resources
Internet Resources
Questions for Discussion
Alternative Primary Texts
Glossary
Guide to Further Reading
Index.

About the Author

Nick Bentley lectures in English literature at Keele University. His main research interests are in post-1945 British fiction and literary and cultural theory. He is author of Radical Fictions: The English Novel in the 1950s (Peter Lang, 2007) and editor of British Fiction of the 1990s (Routledge, 2005). He has published journal articles on Julian Barnes, Zadie Smith, Colin MacInnes, Sam Selvon, and the representations of youth in British New Left writing.

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