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. A comprehensive Introduction provides a historical context for the study of contemporary British fiction by detailing significant social, political and cultural events. 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 Iain Sinclair, White Teeth by Zadie Smith, and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson.
* Presents a variety of critical perspectives essential for studying contemporary British fiction * Provides essential resources for further reading and research
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Edinburgh University Press
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Author Biography - Nick Bentley
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.