On Modern British Fiction

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Zachary Leader
Oxford University Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 319 pages
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A landmark collection of newly commissioned essays on British fiction of the last fifty years by the very best contemporary novelists, critics, and academics, including contributions from Martin Amis, P. N. Furbank, Christopher Hitchens, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Ian McEwan, Hilary Mantel,Patrick Parrinder, Elaine Showalter, James Wood, and Michael Wood. Among the topics discussed are the 'Englishness' of English comic fiction, its political conservatism, fiction and exile, Scottish fiction, the comissioning and editing of modern fiction, reviewing, the adaptation of fiction to television, genre fiction ('Ladlit', science fiction, crime fiction),and fictional form. There are also original essays on individual authors, including Christopher Isherwood, Angus Wilson, Iris Murdoch, Penelope Fitzgerald, V. S. Pritchett, V. S. Naipaul, and Salman Rushdie. A fascinating collection for anyone seriously interested in modern British fiction.
 

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Contents

Introduction
vii
V S Pritchett and English Comedy
6
No Laughing Matter A Word on Angus Wilson
18
Mother Tongue A Memoir
32
Between Waugh and Wodehouse Comedy and Conservatism
43
Ladlit
58
Enigmas and Homelands
75
No Passes or Documents Are Needed The Writer at Home in Europe
91
The Politics of Narrative in the Postwar Scottish Novel
179
The Ruined Futures of British Science Fiction
207
P D James and the Distinguished Thing
232
The Novel Adapted for Television
256
Against Dryness
263
Commissioning and Editing Modern Fiction
268
Before it Becomes Literature How Fiction Reviewers Have Dealt with the English Novel
282
Notes on Contributors
302

Penelope
105
Why Christopher Isherwood Stopped Writing Fiction
124
Shaping Modern English Fiction The Forms of the Content and the Contents of the Form
147
Index
305
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Zachary Leader is Professor of English Literature at Roehampton Institute, London. He is the editor of The Letters of Kingsley Amis.

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