The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 8, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 1536 pages
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This Encyclopedia is an indispensible reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English-language. With nearly 500 contributors and over 1 million words, it is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English language.
  • Contains over 500 entries of 1000-3000 words written in lucid, jargon-free prose, by an international cast of leading scholars
  • Arranged in 3 volumes covering British and Irish Fiction, American Fiction, and World Fiction, with each volume edited by a leading scholar in the field
  • Entries cover major writers (such as Saul Bellow, Raymond Chandler, John Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, A.S Byatt, Samual Beckett, D.H. Lawrence, Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie, V.S. Naipaul, Nadine Gordimer, Alice Munro, Chinua Achebe, J.M. Coetzee, and Ngūgī Wa Thiong’o) and their key works
  • Covers the genres and sub-genres of fiction in English across the twentieth century (including crime fiction, sci fi, chick lit, the noir novel, and the avante garde novel) as well as the major movements, debates, and rubrics within the field (censorship, globalization, modernist fiction, fiction and the film industry, and the fiction of migration, Diaspora, and exile)
  

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Contents

Introduction to volume I
1
TwentiethCentury British and Irish Fiction
7
Amis Martin
13
Awards and Prizes
19
Ballard J G
26
Beckett Samuel
34
Berger John
40
Boyd William
46
Moore Brian
262
OBrien Flann
275
Politics and the Novel
288
Postcolonial Fiction of the West Indian
302
The Rise of
316
Notes on contributors to volume I xxi
i
TwentiethCentury American Fiction
iii
TwentiethCentury American Fiction
vii

Campus Novel
54
Cary Joyce
62
Chicklit and Ladlit
68
Coe Jonathan
75
ComptonBurnett Ivy
82
Crace Jim
88
Doyle Roddy
98
Edwardian Fiction
106
Fantasy Fiction
113
Feminist Fiction
119
The Film Industry and Fiction
125
Maugham W Somerset
246
Acknowledgments xiii
xiii
Introduction to volume II 421
421
Acker Kathy
427
Baker Nicholson
445
Barthelme Donald
458
TwentiethCentury World Fiction
iii
TwentiethCentury World Fiction
vii
Acknowledgments xiii
xiii
Introduction to volume III 937
937
Index
1400
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Brian W. Shaffer is Professor of English and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Faculty Development at Rhodes College, USA.  His previous publications include Understanding Kazuo Ishiguro (1998), and Reading the Novel in English, 1950-2000 (Wiley-Blackwell 2006). He is the co-editor of Approaches to Teaching Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” and “The Secret Sharer” (2002) and Conversations with Kazuo Ishiguro (2008), and the editor of A Companion to the British and Irish Novel, 1945-2000 (Wiley-Blackwell 2005).

John Clement Ball is Professor of English at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, specializing in Postcolonial and Canadian fiction. He is the author of Satire and the Postcolonial Novel: V.S. Naipaul, Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie (2003) and Imagining London: Postcolonial Fiction and the Transnational Metropolis (2004). 

Patrick O’Donnell is Professor of English and American Literature at Michigan State University, USA.  His previous works include Echo Chambers: Figuring Voice in Modern Narrative (1992), Latent Destinies: Cultural Paranoia in Contemporary U.S. Fiction (2000), and The American Novel Now (Wiley-Blackwell 2010).

David W. Madden is Professor of English at California State University, Sacramento, USA. 

Justus Nieland is Assistant Professor of English at Michigan State University, USA.  He has written many papers in the fields of modernism, the avant-garde and film studies, and is author of Feeling Modern: the Eccentricities of Public Life (2008).

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