The Comic Turn in Contemporary English Fiction

Structured around readings of authors including Martin Amis, Nicola Barker, Julian Barnes, Jonathan Coe, Howard Jacobson, Magnus Mills and Zadie Smith, this book suggests not only that much of the most interesting contemporary writing is ...

Author: Huw Marsh

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474293044

Category: Literary Criticism

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The Comic Turn in Contemporary English Fiction explores the importance of comedy in contemporary literature and culture. In an era largely defined by a mood of crisis, bleakness, cruelty, melancholia, environmental catastrophe and collapse, Huw Marsh argues that contemporary fiction is as likely to treat these subjects comically as it is to treat them gravely, and that the recognition and proper analysis of this humour opens up new ways to think about literature. Structured around readings of authors including Martin Amis, Nicola Barker, Julian Barnes, Jonathan Coe, Howard Jacobson, Magnus Mills and Zadie Smith, this book suggests not only that much of the most interesting contemporary writing is funny and that there is a comic tendency in contemporary fiction, but also that this humour, this comic licence, allows writers of contemporary fiction to do peculiar and interesting things – things that are funny in the sense of odd or strange and that may in turn inspire a funny turn in readers. Marsh offers a series of original critical and theoretical frameworks for discussing questions of literary genre, style, affect and politics, demonstrating that comedy is an often neglected mode that plays a generative role in much of the most interesting contemporary writing, creating sites of rich political, stylistic, cognitive and ethical contestation whose analysis offers a new perspective on the present.
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The Comic Turn in Contemporary English Fiction

Critchley's On Humour (2002), Michael Ross's Race Riots: Comedy and Ethnicity in Modern British Fiction (2006) and Andrew ... 25 The Comic Turn in Contemporary English Fiction engages with work from all of these areas and seeks to bring ...

Author: Huw Marsh

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474293051

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 259

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The Comic Turn in Contemporary English Fiction explores the importance of comedy in contemporary literature and culture. In an era largely defined by a mood of crisis, bleakness, cruelty, melancholia, environmental catastrophe and collapse, Huw Marsh argues that contemporary fiction is as likely to treat these subjects comically as it is to treat them gravely, and that the recognition and proper analysis of this humour opens up new ways to think about literature. Structured around readings of authors including Martin Amis, Nicola Barker, Julian Barnes, Jonathan Coe, Howard Jacobson, Magnus Mills and Zadie Smith, this book suggests not only that much of the most interesting contemporary writing is funny and that there is a comic tendency in contemporary fiction, but also that this humour, this comic licence, allows writers of contemporary fiction to do peculiar and interesting things – things that are funny in the sense of odd or strange and that may in turn inspire a funny turn in readers. Marsh offers a series of original critical and theoretical frameworks for discussing questions of literary genre, style, affect and politics, demonstrating that comedy is an often neglected mode that plays a generative role in much of the most interesting contemporary writing, creating sites of rich political, stylistic, cognitive and ethical contestation whose analysis offers a new perspective on the present.
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The Representation of Masculinity in Contemporary British Fiction

From 1950 to 1999, the fiction genre of Ladlit presented British readers with a romantic, comic, popular male confessional literature. It was comic in the traditional sense that it had a happy ending and was romantic in the modern sense ...

Author: Holger Kiesow

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783638585378

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 88

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Examination Thesis from the year 2006 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, University of Göttingen (Englisches Seminar), 37 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: From 1950 to 1999, the fiction genre of Ladlit presented British readers with a romantic, comic, popular male literature, which was regarded as a chance to examine male identity in contemporary Britain. But by the beginning of the 21st century one was seeking for a new story of masculine identity. In the meantime, the has been a focus on masculinity in language and gender studies, whereas the exclusive attention had formerly been upon femininity. The tradition of man being constituted in terms of universal, normative values has led to the phenomenon of 'invisible masculinity'. However, there has always been a discourse available to men which allows them to represent themselves as people or mankind. The text examines how the representation of masculinities has changed in society in the recent fifty years. Using different theories of gender studies, masculinities and the effects of socio-economical changes, the following novels will be discussed: Amis's Lucky Jim (1954), Sillitoe's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958), Hollinghurst's The Swimming-Pool Library (1988) and Hornby's About a Boy (1998).
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Essays on the Contemporary British Novel

32 The story , too , is full of small comic turns of historical reference . The Italian CP leader becomes Cardinal Berlanguer ; the apocalyptic Redgrave clan is person- ified in a Vatican apparatchik , Officer Redgrave ; Count Paolo ...

Author: Hedwig Bock

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105040341187

Category: English fiction

Page: 296

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A Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction

The book focuses on the fiction that has emerged since the late 1970s, roughly since the start of the Thatcher era, and the resulting transformation of such key areas of literary practice as publishing, bookselling, book reviewing, and ...

Author: James F. English

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405152150

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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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.
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Understanding Beryl Bainbridge

"In this introduction to prolific British novelist Beryl Bainbridge, Brett Josef Grubisic provides a biographical sketch of the writer, discussion of her motivations and techniques, and a detailed survey of her fiction that places the works ...

Author: Brett Josef Grubisic

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1570037566

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

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"In this introduction to prolific British novelist Beryl Bainbridge, Brett Josef Grubisic provides a biographical sketch of the writer, discussion of her motivations and techniques, and a detailed survey of her fiction that places the works in the traditions of British black comedy, social novels, and historical fiction. In approaching her works, Grubisic maps Bainbridge's movement from social to historical novels, beginning with the comic historicism of Young Adolf and continuing to her most recent fiction, The Birthday Boys, Every Man for Himself, Master Georgie, and According to Queeney. Grubisic holds that in portraying historical events through a variety of narrative techniques or from oblique vantage points, Bainbridge's latest novels partially ally themselves with the style and ideological concerns of literary postmodernism while still recalling the defining view of hardship established in her youth."--BOOK JACKET.
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Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800

excursion is paradoxically responsible for all her subsequent happiness and the essential erotic comedy of ... here that the masquerade is typically linked to three kinds of ideological reversal in eighteenth - century English fiction .

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ISBN: UOM:39015048744133

Category: Criticism

Page: 556

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The Contemporary English Novel

Author: Horst W. Drescher

Publisher: [Frankfurt am Main] : Athenäum-Verlag

ISBN: UOM:39015033680995

Category: Bibliographical literature

Page: 232

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Laugh like an Egyptian

This book looks at the literary expression of Egyptian humour in the novels of Mustajāb, Shalabī, and Abū Julayyil: their modern tricksters, wise fools, and antiheroes revive the comic tradition while innovating the language of ...

Author: Cristina Dozio

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110725414

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Egyptians are known among the Arabs as awlād al-nukta, Sons of the Jokes, for their ability to laugh in face of adversity. This creative weapon has been directed against socio-political targets both in times of oppression and popular upheaval, such as the 2011 Tahrir Revolution. This book looks at the literary expression of Egyptian humour in the novels of Muḥammad Mustajāb, Khayrī Shalabī, and Ḥamdī Abū Julayyil, three writers who revive the comic tradition to innovate the language of contemporary fiction. Their modern tricksters, wise fools, and antiheroes play with the stereotypical traits attached to the ordinary Egyptians, while laughing at the universal contradictions of life. This ability to combine local and global culture, literary traditions and popular references, makes them a stimulating read in an intercultural perspective. Combining humour studies and literary criticism, this book examines language play and narrative creativity to understand which strategies craft Egyptian literary humour. In doing so, it sheds light on the contribution of humour to literary innovations of Egyptian fiction since the late Seventies, while adding new writers to those who are considered the masters of humour in the Arab novel.
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