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The grotesque in contemporary British fiction

By: Duggan, Robert

1526127172 / 9781526127174
Paperback
823.920915
01/06/2020
Published 01/06/2020
England
22 cm 288 pages
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Reprint. Originally published: 2013.

The grotesque in contemporary British fiction reveals the extent to which the grotesque endures as a dominant artistic mode in British fiction and presents a new way of understanding six authors who have been at the forefront of British literature over the past four decades.

Starting with a sophisticated exploration of the historical development of the grotesque in literature, the book outlines the aesthetic trajectories of Angela Carter, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Iain Banks, Will Self and Toby Litt and offers detailed critical readings of key works of modern fiction including The Bloody Chamber (1979), Money (1984), The Child in Time (1987), The Wasp Factory (1984), Great Apes (1997) and Ghost Story (2004).

The book shows how the grotesque continues to be a powerful force in contemporary writing and provides an illuminating picture of often controversial aspects of recent fiction. -- .

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DSA Literary theory, DSK Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers

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