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Reaganism, Thatcherism and the Social Novel

  • Fester Einband
  • 207 Seiten
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Beschreibung

The social novel is the traditional haunt of the liberal conscience. What does the triumph of the New Right mean for this type of fiction in Britain and the US? Should the liberal left seek consensus or assertion? This book examines these issues, and assesses the state of both nations, as well as that of the contemporary novel.

Autorentext

COLIN HUTCHINSON is an independent scholar. He received his PhD from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.



Klappentext

Reagan and Thatcher changed everything--even fiction, which is often seen as a bastion of left-liberal thought. This insightful book examines the work of both British and American authors over the last 25 years in order to assess the state of both nations--and their novels--in the context of a triumphant market economy. By looking at writers as diverse as Thomas Pynchon and Martin Amis, Jonathan Franzen and Irvine Welsh, Iain Banks and Douglas Coupland, it scrutinizes the position of the white male protaganist who feels besieged by both sides of the "culture wars." Themes of defeat, decline and destruction abound, with the search for redemption hampered by the suspicion that the idea of personal liberation is now the property of consumerism, and the communitarian ethos carries too much conservative baggage. The author concludes that consensus, rather than rebellion, is what shapes the form and content of the social novel in our time.

Inhalt

Acknowledgements Introduction Reagan, Thatcher and the 1980s Complicity and British Fiction Liberal Guilt and American Fiction The Communitarian Turn Futures and Pasts The Battlefield of the Self Conclusion Bibliography Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: Reaganism, Thatcherism and the Social Novel
Autor:
EAN: 9780230210455
ISBN: 978-0-230-21045-5
Format: Fester Einband
Genre: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften
Anzahl Seiten: 207
Gewicht: 402g
Größe: H17mm x B226mm x T147mm
Jahr: 2008
Auflage: 2008
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