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Imagination and the contemporary novel

Imagination and the contemporary novel

Su, John J

John Su explores literary responses from across the Anglophone world to the profound economic, social and political shifts that have occurred since the end of the Cold War. Broadly comparative in scope, this study uses examples from the United States, Great Britain, Africa and Southeast Asia. Imagination and the Contemporary Novel examines the global preoccupation with the imagination among literary authors with ties to former colonies of the British Empire since the 1960s. John Su draws on a wide range of authors including Peter Ackroyd, Monica Ali, Julian Barnes, Andr Brink, J. M. Coetzee, John Fowles, Amitav Ghosh, Nadine Gordimer, Hanif Kureishi, Salman Rushdie and Zadie Smith. This study rehabilitates the category of imagination in order to understand a broad range of contemporary Anglophone literature. The responses of such literature to shifts in global capitalism have often been misunderstood by the dominant categories of literary studies, the postmodern and the postcolonial. As both an insightful critique into the themes that drive a range of today's best novelists and a bold restatement of what the imagination is and what it means for contemporary culture, this book breaks new ground in the study of twenty-first-century literature

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Published Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: John J. Su
ISBN: 1107221609, 9781107221604
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: x, 219 p.
Subject: English fiction English-speaking countries History and criticism.; Ireland; Literature; English fiction 21st century History and criticism.; English fiction 20th century History and criticism.; Postcolonialism in literature.; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers; Literary studies: post-colonial literature; Literary studies: poetry & poets; Literature: history & criticism; LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh; English; Literary studies: general; Literary theory; Literature and globalization.; Imagination in literature.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781107006775