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Does twenty-first century fiction provide the reader identifiably new fictional types, issues, features or tropes? What theoretical rules most sensible describe the doubtful global we look now to be residing in? What are the main fascinating and demanding novels of the twenty-first century and what do they let us know concerning the modern occasions we are living in? those are the foremost questions engaged with during this new serious quantity of essays on twenty first century fiction. The chapters discover the paintings of writers as different as Salman Rushdie, David Peace, Ali Smith, Margaret Atwood, Iain Banks, China Miéville, Trezza Azzopardi, John Burnside and Hilary Mantel extensive and at size, constructing clean severe techniques to paintings that's certainly of our time. all through this certain assortment the purpose is to spot what's targeted and cutting edge concerning the person novels and approximately twenty first century fiction regularly.

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The attempt to rehabilitate Johnson has become something of a cottage industry: a growing field of Johnson Studies has emerged both within the academy and beyond. Alongside his biographer, the novelist Jonathan Coe, Johnson has gained the patronage of the great and the good of British contemporary fiction, including Zadie Smith, Will Self, Scarlett Thomas and Hari Kunzru, amongst others. Picador have republished most of his novels, and accompanying critical commentaries have appeared, including the essay collection Re-reading B.

Com (homepage), accessed 3 July 2011. Stevenson, R. (1991) ‘Postmodernism and Contemporary Fiction in Britain’, in E. ), Postmodernism and Contemporary Fiction in Britain (London: Batsford), pp. 19–35. Tóibin, C. com/articles/archives/2012/may/10/julian-barnes-goingbeyond-limits, accessed 25 June 2012. Waugh, P. (1995) Harvest of the Sixties (Oxford: Oxford University Press). Waugh, P. (2011) ‘Postmodern Fiction and the Rise of Critical Theory’, in B. W. ), A Companion to the British and Irish Novel 1945–2000 (Oxford: Blackwell), pp.

More specifically, they fail to recognise the ways in which theoretical practice, given the liberal temper of Britain’s intellectual tradition, has long been the domain of the novel. In her 1961 essay ‘Against Dryness’, Iris Murdoch describes the ways in which prose fiction has taken on the tasks of philosophy as the ‘guide and the mirror of its age’ (Murdoch, quoted in Bradbury, 1977, p. 23). Throughout its history, the novel in Britain has been employed to intuit and work through systems of knowledge that elsewhere would belong to other fields of culture.

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