A Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction

A Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction

Editor(s): James E. English

Published Online: 21 JAN 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405120005

Online ISBN: 9780470757673

DOI: 10.1002/9780470757673

About this Book

A Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction offers an authoritative overview of contemporary British fiction in its social, political, and economic contexts.


  • Focuses on the fiction that has emerged since the late 1970s, roughly since the start of the Thatcher era.

  • Comprises original essays from major scholars.

  • Topics range from the rise and fall of the postcolonial novel to controversies over the celebrity author.

  • The emphasis is on the whole fiction scene, from bookstores and prizes to the changing economics of film adaptation.

  • Enables students to read contemporary works of British fiction with a much clearer sense of where they fit within British cultural life.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Institutions of Commerce

  2. Part II: Elaborations of Empire

  3. Part III: Mutations of Form

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