Afterlife and Narrative in Contemporary Fiction

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jul 6, 2012 - Fiction - 228 pages
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Afterlife and Narrative explores why life after death is such a potent cultural concept today, and why it is such an attractive prospect for modern fiction. The book mines a rich vein of imagined afterlives, from the temporal experiments of Martin Amis's Time's Arrow to narration from heaven in Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones.

 

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Contents

1 Afterlife Now
1
Making Meaning from the Afterlife
22
Narrating Eternity
47
Purgatory Prolepsis and the Past Tense
72
Genre Plot and the Dead Narrator
98
MindReading and the Dead Narrator
117
Person and the Dead Narrator
148
Fictional Afterlife Worlds
167
9 After Life Writing
192
Chronology of Primary Texts
199
Notes
204
Bibliography
214
Index
223
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ALICE BENNETT Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature at Liverpool Hope University, UK. She taught modern literature and theory at Durham University, UK, where she also completed her PhD.