Punk Fiction; Punk in Fiction

  • Nick Bentley
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music book series (PSHSPM)


This chapter discusses the representation and construction of punk in literary fiction. It has two main aims. Firstly, it will analyse how literary techniques are used in fiction and writing about punk to reflect similar styles, approaches and practices in other cultural manifestations of punk, such as in music and fashion. It will, therefore, ask whether ‘punk fiction’ can be identified as distinct mode of writing. Secondly, it will examine the way in which the emergence of punk has been used in fiction to indicate a transition or rupture in social, political and cultural discourses in Britain in the 1970s, especially the move in politics from consensus to confrontation. It discusses fiction by several writers including Richard Allen, Jonathan Coe, Hanif Kureishi and Gideon Sams.


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  • Nick Bentley
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  1. 1.Keele UniversityNewcastle-under-LymeUK

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