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Reading the Novel in English 1950 - 2000

Brian W. Shaffer

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Englische Sprachwissenschaft / Literaturwissenschaft


* Written in clear, jargon-free prose, this introductory text charts the variety of novel writing in English in the second half of the twentieth century. * An engaging introduction to the English-language novel from 1950-2000 (exclusive of the US). * Provides students both with strategies for interpretation and with fresh readings of selected seminal texts. * Maps out the most important contexts and concepts for understanding this fiction. * Features readings of ten influential English-language novels including Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Kazuo Ishiguro's Remains of the Day and Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart.


(Year'sWork in English Studies, 2008)
"Shaffer provides an informative and contextualizingintroduction that deals with issues of form and the shift from the'English novel' to the 'novel in English'that was an important change in English literary studies over theperiod covered. The book is written in an accessible style thatreflects its status as an introduction to the fiction of theperiod. The novels are well chosen, take an international focus,and provide a representative snapshot of fiction in English overthe period ... .There is a sensitive reading of each novel thattakes into account the historical and cultural contexts informingthem. Taken all in all, the book is a good introduction to theperiod and thus achieves what it sets out to do."
-Philip Tew, University College Northampton; Director, UKNetwork for Modern Fiction Studies
"This is a main theme to a comprehensive study of tennovels: Kingsley Amis's Luck Jim; William Golding'sLord of the Flies; Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart; MurielSpark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; Jean Rhys's WideSargasso Sea; J.M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians;Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale; KazuoIshiguro's The Remains of the Day; Patrick McCabe's TheButcher Boy; and Graham Smith's Last Orders...[Readingthe Novel in English 1950-2000] is an asset to anyone whoteaches any of these novels." (English Literature inTransition 1880 - 1920)"This is an excellent introductory study, consisting of aseries of essays concerning various important Anglophone novelsfrom the period of the post-war to the present day. The selectionof texts is intriguing. The volume is well-informed by criticism ofthe field and Shaffer's close reading is exemplary. Hisinterpretations cast fresh light on some novels that have becomecanonical and therefore this study is of great use to studentsgenerally and for those teaching them."
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Literaturwissenschaft, Literature, Literaturkritik u. -geschichte, Englische Literatur / 20. Jhd., 20th Century English Literature, Literary Criticism & History