Twenty-first-century British Fiction
Bianca Leggett and Tony Venezia (eds)
ISBN 9781780240213 (Paperback)
360 pp., Free UK Shipping
25 Aug 2015
£17.99 (UK pounds sterling)
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The new millennium has been a period of rapid change and under this stimulus British fiction has evolved in new and sometimes unpredictable directions. It is the mercurial nature of its subject matter, which makes the study of contemporary British fiction both so dynamic and yet so challenging. New voices, forms and themes sometimes require the discarding of old critical frameworks and the creation of new. With this in mind we have endeavoured to create a truly forward-thinking collection that not only maps the journey of British fiction in the new millennium so far, but which also hints at the path ahead.
The book includes discussion of The Cosmopolitan Novel, Comics, Neo-Victorian Fiction, Historical Fiction, London, Psychogeography, Environmental Crisis, Pastoral, Digital Technologies, Gaming, Cybernetics, Uncreativity, Second-Person Narratives, Oral Culture, David Mitchell, Gordon Burn, David Peace, Andrew O'Hagan, Hilary Mantel, Scarlett Thomas, China Miéville, Salman Rushdie, Indra Sinha, Jeff Noon, and Ali Smith.
Fiction in a Fictionalized Society (p. 1)
What We Talk About When We Talk About Twenty-first-century British Fiction (p. 11)
Bianca Leggett and Tony Venezia
Part I: Engagements
The British Cosmopolitan Novel: A Survey (p. 17)
British Comics in the Early Twenty-first Century (p. 37)
Part II: Histories
Gothicizing History: Traumatic Doubling, Repetition, and Return in Recent British Neo-Victorian Fiction (p. 61_
Remembering the 1980s in David Mitchell’s Black Swan Green (p. 83)
All Great Houses Resemble Crimes: Issues of Housing in the Texts of Gordon Burn, David Peace and Andrew O’Hagan (p. 109)
Hilary Mantel and the Historical Novel (p. 129)
Part III: Spaces
Contemporary British Fiction, Environmental Crisis and the Pastoral (p. 151)
Observing London: From Performer to Spectator (p. 175)
China Miéville and the Limits of Psychogeography (p. 197)
Part IV: Technologies
The End of Mr. Y or the End of the Book? Digital Technologies and the Twenty-first-century British Novel (p. 221)
Playing With Fire: Gaming, Cybernetics and Fictional Form in Luka and the Fire of Life and The Cybergypsies (p. 245)
Jeff Noon and the Contemporary Aesthetics of Uncreativity (p. 265)
Part V: Forms
You-niversal Love: Desire, Intimacy and the Second Person in Ali Smith’s Short Fiction (p. 293)
What no'un alive und'stands: David Mitchell's Twenty-First-Century Recontextualization of Oral Culture (p. 313)Dorothy ButchardAfterword: Enduring Periodicity (p. 333)
Index (p. 341)