In such novels as Hotel World and the Whitbread Prize winning The Accidental, Ali Smith has established herself as one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary fiction. Covering her complete oeuvre, from the short stories to her most recent novel There but for the, this is the first comprehensive critical guide to Smith's work.
Bringing together leading scholars, Ali Smith: Contemporary Critical Perspectives covers such topics as:
* Language, truth and reality
* Spectral presences and the uncanny
* Gender and sexuality
* Smith's place in the contemporary canon
Including a new interview with the author, a chronology of her life and authoritative guides to further reading, this is an essential guide for anyone interested in the best of contemporary fiction.
Emily Horton is Visiting Lecturer in English Literature at Brunel University, UK, and at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. Monica Germana is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Westminster, UK. She is the author of Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic Writing: Fiction Since 1978 (EUP, 2010).
Foreword: Marina Warner Series Editors' Preface Acknowledgements Contributors Chronology of Ali Smith's Life INTRODUCTION Monica Germana (University of Westminster) and Emily Horton (Brunel University) CHAPTER ONE Contemporary Space and Affective Ethics in Ali Smith's Short Stories Emily Horton (Brunel University) CHAPTER TWO Simile and Similarity in Ali Smith's Like Ian Blyth (University of St Andrews) CHAPTER THREE Narrating Remainders: Spectral Presences in Ali Smith's Fictions Stephen M. Levin (Clarke University) CHAPTER FOUR Ali Smith and the Philosophy of Grammar Mark Currie (Queen Mary's University of London) CHAPTER FIVE Queer Metamorphoses: Girl Meets Boy and the Futures of Queer Fiction Kaye Mitchell (University of Manchester) CHAPTER SIX Narrating Intrusion: Deceptive Storytelling and Frustrated Desires in The Accidental and There but for the Ulrike Tancke (Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz) CHAPTER SEVEN "The Space That Wrecks Our Abode": The Stranger in Ali Smith's Hotel World and The Accidental Patrick O'Donnell (Michigan State University) CHAPTER EIGHT Idiosyncrasy and Currency: Ali Smith and the Contemporary Canon Dominic Head (University of Nottingham) CHAPTER NINE `The Uncanny can happen': Desire and Belief in The Seer Monica Germana (University of Westminster) AFTERWORD `Sidekick playing the same tune': Writing Ali Smith in Norwegian Merete Alfsen INTERVIEW Gillian Beer interviews Ali Smith References Works Cited by Contributors Further Reading Works by Ali Smith Critical Material Index