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London in Contemporary British Fiction : The City Beyond the City (Hardcover)

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Literature scholars from Europe, the US, and Taiwan examine representations of London in contemporary British fiction: Ian McEwan's Saturday, Ali Smith's The Accidental, Will Self's The Book of Dave, Martin Amis' Yellow Dog, Iain Sinclair's London Orbital, Zadie Smith's White Teeth, and works by Peter Ackroyd, Julian Barnes, A.S. Byatt, Andrea Levy, China Miéville, Virginia Woolf, and John Sommerfield. They explore themes like the relationship between the country and the city, the capacity of satirical forms to portray the “real” London, spatio-temporal transformations, the relationship between multiculturalism and universalism, the underground as the spatial equivalent of London's unconsciousness, and the intersubjectivity of the city. Some chapters are based on papers given at the seventh annual Literary London conference, “Liminal London: Country/City, Work/Leisure, Past/Future, and States Between,” held in July 2008 at Brunel U. London in the UK. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Contemporary writers such as Peter Ackroyd, J.G. Ballard, John King, Ian McEwan, Will Self, Iain Sinclair and Zadie Smith have been registering the changes to the social and cultural London landscape for years. This volume brings together their vivid representations of the capital.

Uniting the readings are themes such as relationship between the country and the city; the capacity of satirical forms to encompass the 'real London'; spatio-temporal transformations and emergences; the relationship between multiculturalism and universalism; the underground as the spatial equivalent of London's unconsciousness and the suburbs as the frontier of the future. The volume creates a framework for new approaches to the representation of London required by the unprecedented social uncertainties of recent years: an invaluable contribution to studies of contemporary writing about London.
Number of Pages: 214
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: European / English + Irish + Scottish + Welsh
Series Title: Bloomsbury Studies in the City
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Academic
Language: English
Street Date: July 28, 2016
TCIN: 16187264
UPC: 9781441190192
Item Number (DPCI): 247-28-0043
$114.00

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