The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Literature

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Richard Bradford, Madelena Gonzalez, Stephen Butler, James Ward, Kevin De Ornellas
John Wiley & Sons, Sep 3, 2020 - Literary Criticism - 912 pages
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An insightful guide to the exploration of modern British and Irish literature

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Literature is a must-have guide for anyone hoping to navigate the world of new British and Irish writing. Including modern authors and poets from the 1960s through to the 21st century, the Companion provides a thorough overview of contemporary poetry, fiction, and drama by some of the most prominent and noteworthy writers. Seventy-three comprehensive chapters focus on individual authors as well as such topics as Englishness and identity, contemporary Science Fiction, Black writing in Britain, crime fiction, and the influence of globalization on British and Irish Literature.

Written in four parts, The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Literature includes comprehensive examinations of individual authors, as well as a variety of themes that have come to define the contemporary period: ethnicity, gender, nationality, and more.

A thorough guide to the main figures and concepts in contemporary literature from Britain and Ireland, this two-volume set:

  • Includes studies of notable figures such as Seamus Heaney and Angela Carter, as well as more recently influential writers such as Zadie Smith and Sarah Waters.
  • Covers topics such as LGBT fiction, androgyny in contemporary British Literature, and post-Troubles Northern Irish Fiction
  • Features a broad range of writers and topics covered by distinguished academics
  • Includes an analysis of the interplay between individual authors and the major themes of the day, and whether an examination of the latter enables us to appreciate the former.

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Literature provides essential reading for students as well as academics seeking to learn more about the history and future direction of contemporary British and Irish Literature.


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Richard Bradford, is Research Professor at Ulster University and Director of the Ulster Literary Biography Research Centre. He has published more than thirty books, including eight well-reviewed biographies, most recently on Hemingway and Orwell. He is founder and general editor of the new Wiley-Blackwell biography series The Life of the Author.

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