British Fictions of the Sixties: The Making of the Swinging Decade

British Fictions of the Sixties: The Making of the Swinging Decade

By: Sebastian Groes (author)Hardback

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British Fictions of the Sixties focuses on the major socio-political changes that marked the sixties in relationship to the development of literature over the decade. This book is the first critical study to acknowledge that the 1960s can only be understood if, next to its contemporary socio-political history, its fictions and mythologies are acknowledged as a vital constituent in the understanding of the decade. Groes uncovers a major epistemological shift, and presents a powerful meta-narrative about post-war literature in the UK, and beyond. British Fictions of the Sixties offers a re-examination of canonical writers such as Iris Murdoch, Angela Carter, Muriel Spark and John Fowles. It also pays critical attention to avant-garde writers including Ann Quinn, Bridget Brophy, Eva Figes, Christine Brooke-Rose, and J. G. Ballard, presenting a comprehensive insight into the continuing power the decade exerts on the contemporary imagination.

About Author

Sebastian Groes is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Roehampton, UK. He is the editor series editor of Bloomsbury's Contemporary Critical Perspectives series, the editor of Ian McEwan (2013), and co-editor of Kazuo Ishiguro (2009) and Julian Barnes (2011), all published by Bloomsbury. His monograph The Making of London (2011) traces the representation of London in contemporary fiction.


Table of Contents Preface Introduction: Revolutions of the Mind Chapter One: Authenticity and Audiotape Chapter Two: Realism Renegotiated Chapter Three: Women's Skinny Fiction Chapter Four: Infinite Londons Chapter Five: English Anti-Novels Chapter Six: The Extreme Sixties Chapter Seven: Pornotopia Conclusion: The Future of the Sixties Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780826495570
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9780826495570
  • weight: 481
  • ISBN10: 0826495575

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