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London in Contemporary British Fiction

Contemporary writers such as Peter Ackroyd, J.G. Ballard, John King, Ian McEwan, Will Self, Iain Sinclair and Zadie Smith have been registering the changes to the social and cultural London landscape for years. This volume brings together their vivid representations of the capital. Uniting the readings are themes such as relationship between the country and the city; the capacity of satirical forms to encompass the 'real London'; spatio-temporal transformations and emergences; the relationship between multiculturalism and universalism; the underground as the spatial equivalent of London's unconsciousness and the suburbs as the frontier of the future. The volume creates a framework for new approaches to the representation of London required by the unprecedented social uncertainties of recent years: an invaluable contribution to studies of contemporary writing about London.
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Contents Acknowledgments Contributors Introduction: Parallax London Nick Hubble and Philip Tew 1. Exploring London in Ian McEwan's Saturday (2005): Trauma and the Traumatological, Identity Politics, and Vicarious Victimhood. Philip Tew 2. Seeing `the empty space': Ali Smith's The Accidental Susan Alice Fischer 3. Delineating the Liminal in Illimitable London: Will Self's The Book of Dave and the Cockney Visionary Sebastian Jenner 4. The Changingman: Masculinity, Violence and Revenge in Martin Amis's Yellow Dog Nick Bentley 5. Peter Ackroyd's London: The Sacredness of Space and Time Tomasz Niedokos 6. London's Museum Spaces in the Works of A.S. Byatt and Peter Ackroyd Doris Bremm 7. `An Infinitely Accommodating Substance': Chaos Theory and States Between in Sinclair's London. Laura Colombino 8. Feeling London Globally: The Location of Affect in White Teeth Jung Su 9. Agency and Conflict in Andrea Levy's Polyphonic London Anja Muller-Wood 10. The Liminality of Underground London Nora Plesske 11.The Un-, Ab-, and Alter-Londons of China Mieville: Imaginary Spaces for Concrete Subjects. Mark P. Williams 12. Common People: Class, Gender and Social Change in the London Fiction of Virginia Woolf, John Sommerfield and Zadie Smith Nick Hubble Index

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A social and cultural approach to representations of London in contemporary British fiction.

About the Author

Nick Hubble is Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary English Literature at Brunel University London, UK. Philip Tew is Professor of English (Post-1900 Literature) at Brunel University London, UK, Director of Brunel's Centre for Contemporary Writing and Director of the UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies.


This is a coherent collection of insightful essays that valuably extends critical study of London fictions right up to the leading edge of the city's contemporary moment. * Modern Language Review *

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