This essential guide provides a comprehensive survey of the most important debates in the criticism and research of contemporary British fiction. Nick Bentley analyses the criticism surrounding a range of British novelists including Monica Ali, Martin Amis, Pat Barker, Alan Hollinghurst, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, David Mitchell, Ali Smith, Zadie Smith, Sarah Waters and Jeanette Winterson. Exploring experiments with literary form, this authoritative book considers cutting-edge concerns relating to the neo-historical novel, the relationship between literature and science, literary geographies, and trauma narratives.
Engaging with key literary theories, and identifying present trends and future directions in the literary criticism of contemporary British fiction, this is an invaluable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of English literature, teachers, researchers and scholars.
Nick Bentley is Senior Lecturer in English at Keele University, UK. He has published widely on contemporary British fiction and novelists.
Introduction.- Studying Form: Realism, Modernism and Postmodernism.- Politics and Contemporary Fiction.- Class.- Black and Asian British Fiction.- Gender and Sexuality.- Contemporary Historical Fiction.- Geographic Space and National Identity.- Literature and Science (Fiction).- Contemporary Trauma Narratives.- Conclusion.- Notes.- Bibliography.- Index.