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Routledge Library Editions: Modern Fiction


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Routledge Library Editions: Modern Fiction (26 volume set) contains titles, originally published between 1977 and 1997. It includes titles on the roles of women in literature, fantasy as a genre, a source guide to science fiction and many titles by renowned academics looking at specific novelists, the progression of their work and how it has been influential within modern fiction. Covering writers such as Iris Murdoch, John le Carré, Doris Lessing, Kurt Vonnegut and others, this collection will be of particular interest to students of literature and literary criticism.

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Novelists in Interview

Novelists in Interview

1st Edition

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John Haffenden
October 21, 2019

Originally published in 1985, fourteen foremost writers of fiction give detailed accounts of their writings in this absorbing collection by John Haffenden, whom The Sunday Times has applauded for having ‘perfected’ the art of the literary interview. Bringing together discussions with a wide range...

In Defence of Fantasy: A Study of the Genre in English and American Literature since 1945

In Defence of Fantasy: A Study of the Genre in English and American Literature since 1945

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Ann Swinfen
October 21, 2019

The modern fantasy novel might hardly seem to need a defence, but its position in contemporary literature in the 1980s was still rather ambivalent. Many post-war writers had produced highly successful fantasy novels, some phenomenal publishing successes had occurred in the field, and an increasing...

Becoming a Woman Through Romance

Becoming a Woman Through Romance

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Linda K. Christian-Smith
October 21, 2019

A woman is incomplete without a man, motherhood is a woman’s destiny, and a woman’s place is in the home. These conservative political themes are woven throughout teen romance fiction’s sagas of hearts and flowers. Using the theory and interpretive methods of feminism and cultural studies,...

The Unresolvable Plot: Reading Contemporary Fiction

The Unresolvable Plot: Reading Contemporary Fiction

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Elizabeth Dipple
October 21, 2019

Originally published in 1988, the last few decades had seen the appearance of some brilliant and complex new kinds of fiction. The ambitious experiments of writers such as Greene, Garcia Márquez, Borges, Nabakov, Calvino, Beckett, Eco, Spark, Hoban, Murdoch, Bellow, Ozick, and Lessing among others...

Iris Murdoch: Work for the Spirit

Iris Murdoch: Work for the Spirit

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Elizabeth Dipple
October 21, 2019

Originally published in 1982, this brilliant study provides a perceptive and up-to-date assessment of the novels of Iris Murdoch, up to and including Nuns and Soldiers, published in 1980. The Fire and the Sun, her book on Plato, is also considered in depth. It is not a critical biography, but...

Iris Murdoch

Iris Murdoch

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Richard Todd
October 21, 2019

Originally published in 1984, Iris Murdoch, widely regarded as one of the major British novelists of her generation at the time, was undoubtedly one of the most popular and prolific, having published twenty-one novels since 1954 (she went on to write many more). But the course of her...

Narrative Authority and Homeostasis in the Novels of Doris Lessing and Carmen Martín Gaite

Narrative Authority and Homeostasis in the Novels of Doris Lessing and Carmen Martín Gaite

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Linda E. Chown
October 21, 2019

This study, originally published in 1990, assesses a shift in the presentation of self-consciousness in two pairs of novels by Doris Lessing and Carmen Martín Gaite: 1) Lessing’s The Summer Before the Dark (1973) and Martín Gaite’s Retahílas (1974) and 2) Lessing’s The Memoirs of a Survivor (1974)...

A Research Guide to Science Fiction Studies: An Annotated Checklist of Primary and Secondary Sources for Fantasy and Science Fiction

A Research Guide to Science Fiction Studies: An Annotated Checklist of Primary and Secondary Sources for Fantasy and Science Fiction

1st Edition

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Marshall B. Tymn, Roger C. Schlobin, Lloyd W. Currey
October 21, 2019

Academic attention to science fiction and fantasy began in 1958, when the Modern Language Association scheduled its first seminar on science fiction at its New York meeting. Over the years science fiction emerged as a popular subject that achieved critical attention and acceptance as an academic...

Alain Robbe-Grillet

Alain Robbe-Grillet

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John Fletcher
October 21, 2019

Alain Robbe-Grillet had traditionally been seen as an austere experimentalist in fiction, addicted to arid and interminable descriptions of objects like coffee pots, erasers and pieces of string. His own rather bellicose theoretical pronouncements were partly to blame for this unattractive picture,...

Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing

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Lorna Sage
October 21, 2019

Doris Lessing was one of the most impressive, prolific and vital of twentieth century writers. Her fiction is obsessed with the workings of cultural change and she radically extended the novel’s scope – most famously and influentially in The Golden Notebook – by questioning the realist tradition...

Patrick White

Patrick White

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John Colmer
October 21, 2019

Patrick White is a giant among the moderns. His massive novels, which chart the lonely paths to truth, challenge orthodox notions about fiction and reality. He has created a wholly new kind of prose to embody his prophetic visions of truth and his fierce denunciations of modern society. Originally...

Margaret Drabble

Margaret Drabble

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Joanne V. Creighton
October 21, 2019

Margaret Drabble is a writer who plays a lively role in both popular and literary culture. Widely read and studied throughout the world her novels attract both the general reader and the literary critic. Originally published in 1985, Joanne Creighton examines this phenomenon and places particular...

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