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Palgrave Macmillan

Reassessing the Twentieth-Century Canon

From Joseph Conrad to Zadie Smith

ISBN 9781137366009
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The twentieth-century novel can now be considered to form a distinct and popular area of study. This edited collection brings together experts in the field of twentieth-century writing to provide a volume that is both comprehensive and innovative in its discussion of a set of newly canonical texts. From turn of the century texts such as Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness (1899), through the work of acclaimed authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence, and right up to more contemporary examples including Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia (1990) and Zadie Smith's White Teeth (2000) this volume provides a lively yet informed re-evaluation of some of the twentieth-century's most significant and enduring literature. The emphasis in the collection is on a synthesis of original and established approaches to the texts, making the book particularly useful to newcomers to the field. The book employs a theoretically and philosophically informed approach but its style and language make it accessible to a wide audience.

David Simmons is Senior Lecturer in English and Media at the University of Northampton, UK. David has published extensively on twentieth century American literature and culture. His publications include: The Anti-Hero in the American Novel: From Joseph Heller to Kurt Vonnegut (2008) which was recommended by The Chronicle of Higher Education, (July 2008), and an edited collection New Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut (2009). He has also written on a wide range of subjects including the work of H.P. Lovecraft (in the academic journals Critical Engagements, Symbiosis and The Romanian Journal of American, British and Canadian Studies), and the fiction of Chuck Palahniuk in Reading Chuck Palahniuk, (2009).

Nicola Allen is lecturer in English at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. Nicola has published a monograph, Marginality in the Contemporary British Novel (2008), and several chapters in edited collections and articles in the peer reviewed journal Critical Engagements.

1. Snags in the Fairway: Reading Heart of Darkness
2. 'Hasn't got any name': Aesthetics, African Americans and Policemen in The Great Gatsby
3. Urban Spaces, Fragmented Consciousness, and Indecipherable Meaning in Mrs Dalloway
4. D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover in the New Century: Literary Canon and Bodily Episteme
5. A Handful Of Dust Realism: Modernism / Irony: Sympathy
6. Studied Ambivalence: The Appalling Strangeness of Graham Greene's Brighton Rock
7. 'Come Down from Your Thinkin' and Listen a Minute': The Multiple Voices of The Grapes of Wrath
8. Faulkner's Go Down, Moses Revisited
9. Time, Space, and Resistance: Re-Reading George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four
10. Lucky Jim: The Novel in Unchartered Times
11. Six myths of On the Road, and Where These Might Lead Us
12. 'A Good Old Red, White, and Blue Hundred-per-cent American Con Man': The Importance of Character in Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
13. Herzog's Masculine Dilemmas, and the Eclipse of the Transcendental 'I.'
14. Beyond Postmodernism in Alasdair Gray's Lanark
15. Gender Vertigo: Queer Gothic and Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus
16. Whole Families Paranoid at Night: Don DeLillo's White Noise
17. Hooked on Classics: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit 25 Years On
18. Remembering and Disremembering Beloved: Lacunae and Hauntings
19. Embracing Uncertainty: Hanif Kureishi's Buddha of Suburbia and The Black Album
20. Samad, Hancock, the Suburbs, and Englishness: Re-reading Zadie Smith's White Teeth

Claire Allen, University of Northampton, UK
Sonya Andermahr, University of Northampton, UK
David Bradshaw, University of Oxford, UK
R. H. Brown, University of Leeds, UK
Jennifer Butler-Keeton, Forence-Lauderdale Public Library, USA
Gloria Cronin, Brigham Young University, USA
Martyn Colebrook, University of Hull, UK
R. J. Ellis, University of Birmingham, UK
Susan Alice Fischer, University of New York, USA
Sarah Gamble, Swansea University, UK
Andrew Harrison, University of Nottingham, UK
Richard Jacobs, University of Brighton, UK
Lawrence Phillips, Regent's University London, UK
Wasfi Shoqairat, Al-Hussein bin Talal University, Jordan
Philip Tew, Brunel University, UK
Susie Thomas, University of Delaware, USA
Nicolas Tredell, Freelance Editor, UK
Linda Wagner-Martin, University of North Carolina, USA
Gina Whisker, University of Brighton, UK


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