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Martin Amis: Postmodernism and Beyond
 
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Martin Amis: Postmodernism and Beyond
Edited by Gavin Keulks
 
 
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25 Aug 2006
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The first collection of original essays ever published on one of England's most controversial, critically acclaimed, and popular writers, Martin Amis: Postmodernism and Beyond fills an important need for scholars, students, and fans of Amis's work. Distinctly international in scope, this collection assembles the work of twelve contributors from six different countries. All are experts in Amis's work and in contemporary British literature in general. New interpretations cover all of Amis's major novels as well as his nonfiction essays and reviews. In addition, the volume provides the first comprehensive bibliography of Amis's nonfiction writing, opening up numerous avenues for subsequent study and enjoyment. In scope, range, and creativity, Martin Amis: Postmodernism and Beyond is destined to become a classic in Martin Amis scholarship and an authoritative resource for anyone interested in literary evolutions from postmodernism onward.


Description

The first collection of original essays ever published on one of England's most controversial, critically acclaimed, and popular writers, Martin Amis: Postmodernism and Beyond fills an important need for scholars, students, and fans of Amis's work. Distinctly international in scope, this collection assembles the work of twelve contributors from six different countries. All are experts in Amis's work and in contemporary British literature in general. New interpretations cover all of Amis's major novels as well as his nonfiction essays and reviews. In addition, the volume provides the first comprehensive bibliography of Amis's nonfiction writing, opening up numerous avenues for subsequent study and enjoyment. In scope, range, and creativity, Martin Amis: Postmodernism and Beyond is destined to become a classic in Martin Amis scholarship and an authoritative resource for anyone interested in literary evolutions from postmodernism onward.


Reviews

'This collection represents a real advance in Martin Amis studies. Twelve informed and exciting essays by an international range of leading Amis scholars and critics explore his novels and literary journalism from a wide variety of aspects and provide a rich source of fresh insights and perspectives. In a theoretically sophisticated but accessible way, they examine the structure, language and significance of his work and its controversial engagements with postmodernity, class, gender and Holocaust. The collection also contains an invaluable bibliography of Amis's prolific nonfiction. This book is essential reading for all those interested in Amis and contemporary writing.' - Nicolas Tredell, School of Humanities, University of Sussex, editor of The Fiction of Martin Amis: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism


Contents

Notes on the Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction; G.Keulks
"My Heart Really Goes Out to Me": The Self-Indulgent Highway to Adulthood in The Rachel Papers; N.Brooks
Looking-glass Worlds in Martin Amis's Early Fiction: Reflectiveness, Mirror Narcissism, and Doubles; R.Todd
The Passion of John Self: Allegory, Economy, and Expenditure in Martin Amis's Money; T.Bényei
Money Makes the Man: Gender and Sexuality in Martin Amis's Money; E.Parker
Martin Amis and Late Twentieth-Century Working-Class Masculinity: Money and London Fields; P.Tew
The Female Form, Sublimation, and Nicola Six; S.Brook
Martin Amis's Time's Arrow and the Postmodern Sublime; B.Finney
Under the Dark Sun of Melancolia: Writing and Loss in The Information; C.Bernard
Mimesis and Informatics in The Information; R.Menke
W(h)ither Postmodernism: Late Amis; G.Keulks
J.G. Ballard's "Inner Space" and the Early Fiction of Martin Amis; J.Diedrick
A Reluctant Leavisite: Martin Amis's "Higher" Journalism; M.Hunter Hayes
Nonfiction by Martin Amis, 1971-2005: Bibliography; J.Diedrick & M.Hunter Hayes
Index


Authors

GAVIN KEULKS is Associate Professor of English at Western Oregon University, USA, where he teaches contemporary British and Irish Literature. He is author of Father and Son: Kingsley Amis, Martin Amis and the British Novel Since 1950 (2003). He is also the online administrator of the Martin Amis Web.