"British Fiction Today" provides students and readers with a critical introduction to key authors and novels since 1990 through a collection of the latest critical perspectives on current British fiction. It offers comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of a broad range of selected contemporary authors, drawing together both established and emerging literary voices reflecting the scope of the new British writing. Organised around key themes in contemporary writing - Modern Lives, Contemporary Living; Distortions and Dreams; States of Identity and Histories, each section begins with a short introductory essay. Each section includes newly commissioned essays by leading critics on: Peter Ackroyd, Martin Amis, Pat Barker, Julian Barnes, A. S. Byatt, Jonathan Coe, Jenny Diski, Alan Hollinghurst, Toby Litt, Ian McEwan, Ben Okri, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, Adam Thorpe, Sarah Waters, and Jeanette Winterson. Introducing key works, writers and major themes including post-colonialism, gender and history, "British Fiction Today" is the ideal guide to the contemporary literary scene for students and readers.
Rod Mengham is Reader in Modern English Literature at the University of Cambridge, UK. Philip Tew is Professor in English at the University College Northampton, UK. He is founding Director of the London Network for Modern Fiction Studies.
Acknowledgements; List of Contributors; Introduction; Rod Mengham & Philip Tew; PART I: MODERN LIVES, CONTEMPORARY LIVING; Introduction; Rod Mengham and Philip Tew; 1. The Middle Years of Martin Amis - Joe Brooker; 2. Julian Barnes and a Case of English Identity - Dominic Head; 3. Genre, Repetition and History in Jonathan Coe - Pam Thurschwell; 4. Alan Hollinghurst and Homosexual Identity - Kaye Mitchell; PART II: DISTORTIONS AND DREAMS; Introduction; Rod Mengham and Philip Tew; 5. Reconsidering the Novels of Peter Ackroyd - Tamas Benyei; 6. Jenny Diski's Millenial Imagination - Philip Tew; 7. Ben Okri's Fiction 1995-2005- Chris Ringrose; 8. Salman Rushdie: Paradox and Truth - Robert Eaglestone; PART III: STATES OF IDENTITY; Introduction - Rod Mengham and Philip Tew; 9. Possessing Toby Litt's Ghost Story - Leigh Wilson; 10. Ian McEwan's Ethical Fiction - Lynn Wells; 11. Considering Zadie Smith's On Beauty - Fiona Tolan; 12. Jeanette Winterson's Lighthouse keeping - Sonya Andermahr; PART IV: HISTORIES; Introduction; Rod Mengham and Philip Tew; 13. Pat Barker's Regeneration Trilogy - Nick Hubble; 14. A.S. Byatt's Woven Realism -Wendy Wheeler; 15. Fiction's History: Adam Thorpe - Rod Mengham; 16. Sarah Waters and the Victorians - Mark Wormald; Index.