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English Fiction Since 1984

Narrating a Nation


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Brian Finney
      Pages 1-13
  3. History, Modernity and Metafiction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-20
    2. Brian Finney
      Pages 21-33
    3. Brian Finney
      Pages 68-86
    4. Brian Finney
      Pages 87-101
  4. National Cultures and Hybrid Narrative Modes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-108
    2. Brian Finney
      Pages 109-123
    3. Brian Finney
      Pages 139-154
  5. Narrative Constructions of Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-161
    2. Brian Finney
      Pages 163-176
    3. Brian Finney
      Pages 191-204
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 205-233

About this book


This book focuses on representative novels by eleven key English novelists who have broken from the realist novel of the post Second World War period. They have reacted to the Thatcherite revolution that thrust Britain into the modern world of multi-national capitalism by giving unusual fictional shape to the impact of global events and culture.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.California State UniversityLong BeachUSA

About the authors

BRIAN FINNEY is an Associate Professor in English at California State University, Long Beach, USA. He taught at London University from 1964-1987, and, since emigrating to the USA, at UCR, UCLA, and USC. He has published Since How It Is: A Study of Samuel Beckett's Later Fiction (1972), Christopher Isherwood: A Critical Biography for which he awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1979, The Inner I: British Literary Autobiography of the Twentieth Century (1985) and D. H. Lawrence: Sons and Lovers: A Critical Study (1990).

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