The last twenty-five years have seen an extraordinary renaissance in contemporary fiction in the English language. Jago Morrison's Contemporary Fiction provides a much-needed accessible introduction to the field. He enables readers to navigate the subject by introducing the key areas of debate and offers in-depth discussions of the most significant texts by nine contemporary fiction writers: Ian McEwan, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jeanette Winterson, Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Angela Carter, Hanif Kureishi, Buchi Emecheta and Alice Walker. Tackling issues such as history, time and narrative, the body, race and ethnicity, this is the ideal guide for those studying contemporary fiction for the first time.
Table of Contents: Acknowledgements; Part One : Frameworks, Introduction - After the End of the Novel; 1. History and Post-histories 2. Time and Narrative 3. Bodies, Genders 4. Writing and Race; Part Two: Readings, 5. Unravelling Time in Ian McEwan's Fiction 6. Memory Blocks: The Fictional Autobiography of Maxine Hong Kingston 7. Jeanette Winterson: Re-membering the Body 8. Toni Morrison: Blackness and the Historical Imagination 9. Imagining Nations: Salman Rushdie's Counter-Histories 10. Angela Carter: Genealogies 11. After 'Race': Hanif Kureishi's Writing 12. Rewriting Ethnicity in Buchi Emecheta's Fiction 13. Writing as Activism: Alice Walker; Students' Guide to Further Reading; Bibliography
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