Contemporary British Fiction


This critical guide introduces major novelists and themes in British fiction from1975 to 2005. It engages with concepts such as postmodernism, feminism,gender and the postcolonial, and examines the place of fiction within broaderdebates in contemporary culture. A comprehensive Introduction provides a historical context for the study ofcontemporary British fiction by detailing significant social, political and culturalevents. This is followed by five chapters organised around the core themes:(1) Narrative Forms, (2) Contemporary Ethnicities, (3) Gender and Sexuality,(4) History, Memory and Writing, and (5) Narratives of Cultural Space. Key Features
• Introduces the major themes and trends in British fiction over the last 30 years
• Analyses a range of writers and texts including Brick Lane by Monica Ali,London Fields by Martin Amis, The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter,Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby, The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi,Atonement by Ian McEwan, Shame by Salman Rushdie, Downriver by IainSinclair, White Teeth by Zadie Smith, and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit byJeanette Winterson.
• Presents a variety of critical perspectives essential for studying contemporaryBritish fiction
• Provides essential resources for further reading and research

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Edinburgh
Publication year:
  • 2008


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