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Literary Urban Studies

Twenty-First-Century British Fiction and the City

Editors: Cornier Michael, Magali (Ed.)

  • Features contributions examining the work of well-known contemporary British writers as well as that of lesser-studied writers
  • Addresses a lacuna in criticism to date - little work has focused on the city/urban environment in contemporary British fictions
  • Unpacks the way in which contemporary British fiction's engagement with the city remains inextricable from the specific context of the new millennium 
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About this book

The essays in this edited collection offer incisive and nuanced analyses of and insights into the state of British cities and urban environments in the twenty-first century. Britain’s experiences with industrialization, colonialism, post-colonialism, global capitalism, and the European Union (EU) have had a marked influence on British ideas about and British literature’s depiction of the city and urban contexts. Recent British fiction focuses in particular on cities as intertwined with globalization and global capitalism (including the proliferation of media) and with issues of immigration and migration. Indeed, decolonization has brought large numbers of people from former colonies to Britain, thus making British cities ever more diverse. Such mixing of peoples in urban areas has led to both racist fears and possibilities of cosmopolitan co-existence.


About the authors

Magali Cornier Michael is Professor of English at Duquesne University, USA, and has authored Narrative Innovation in 9/11 Fiction (2014), New Visions of Community in Contemporary American Fiction: Tan, Kingsolver, Castillo, Morrison (2006), and Feminism and the Postmodern Impulse: Post-World War II Fiction (1996), as well as numerous essays on contemporary literature.


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: Twenty-First-Century British Fiction and the City

    Michael, Magali Cornier

    Pages 1-14

  • “Why Should You Go Out?”: Encountering the City in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane

    Bentley, Nick

    Pages 15-33

  • The Cosmopolitan Potential of Urban England?: Jon McGregor’s If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things

    Michael, Magali Cornier

    Pages 35-59

  • “We Exist Only in the Reflection of Others”: Imagining London’s History in Bernardine Evaristo’s The Emperor’s Babe

    Allen, Nicola

    Pages 61-79

  • Gated Communities and Dystopia in J.G. Ballard’s Super-Cannes

    Di Bernardo, Francesco

    Pages 81-101

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-89728-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-89727-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Twenty-First-Century British Fiction and the City
Editors
  • Magali Cornier Michael
Series Title
Literary Urban Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-89728-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-89728-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-89727-1
Series ISSN
2523-7888
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 252
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