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Michel Faber: Critical Essays

Edited by Rebecca Langworthy, Kristin Lindfield-Ott and Jim MacPherson

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08 Dec 2020

ISBN 9781780240961 (Paperback)
214 pp., Free UK Shipping


This collection of essays provides the first substantial academic study of Faber's body of work from an international range of scholars many of whom include Faber's work in both their research and teaching.


This collected volume offers a fittingly sensitive, creative and diverse range of responses to the complexities of Michel Faber's writings. The essays that make up the collection cover many aspects of Faber's work, including the limits of genre, human/animal relations, gender, language, time and the representation of reality itself. Correspondingly, the volume provides numerous frames and contexts through which to read Michel Faber, offering a substantial insight into the work of this important contemporary writer. --Ben Davies, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Portsmouth

This is a welcome new volume in the Gylphi Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays series. Its coverage of Faber's eclectic and powerful oeuvre is wide-ranging and strong, with the essays deploying a refreshing variety of methodological approaches to his work, and foregrounding a range of voices. It will be an important and useful foundational critical text on the work of this deeply thoughtful and highly skilled contemporary writer. --Sarah Dillon, Lecturer in Literature and Film, University of Cambridge


List of Figures

Michel Faber

Introduction: Defying Genre
Rebecca Langworthy, Kristin Lindfield-Ott and Jim MacPherson

Chapter 1
‘House full of mouses’: Genre, Language, and Creaturely Ethics
Timothy C. Baker

Chapter 2
Eating Men Is Wrong: Empathy, Femininity and the Abject in Under the Skin
Tomasz Dobrogoszcz

Chapter 3
A Walk into Nature: Self and Nature in the Work of Michel Faber
Rebecca Langworthy

Chapter 4
‘Nothing had changed’: The Representation of Reality in Michel Faber’s ‘Fish’
Ian Blyth

Chapter 5
The Book of Strange New Things: Letters, Delay and Experiences of Time
Kate Wilkinson

Chapter 6
Echoes of Poe – Absence and the Uncanny in ‘The Fahrenheit Twins’ and The Courage Consort
Nicholas Prescott

Chapter 7
‘In Separate Time’ after The Book of Strange New Things
Rodge Glass

Chapter 8
A Compassionate Fictional Universe: Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things and the Art of the Creative Response
Rodge Glass

Chapter 9
Double Vision: Adapting Michel Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White
Natalie O’Keeffe

Chapter 10
‘Branches of Gothic Complication’: Reading the Gothic in Michel Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White
Matt Foley

Chapter 11
Under the Coats of Skins: ‘Flesh Remains Flesh’ and Under the Skin as an Introduction to Gregory of Nazianzus’s Anthropology
Oliver B. Langworthy

Notes on Contributors


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