The Grotesque in Contemporary British Fiction

The Grotesque in Contemporary British Fiction

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The grotesque in contemporary British fiction reveals the extent to which the grotesque endures as a dominant artistic mode in British fiction and presents a new way of understanding six authors who have been at the forefront of British literature over the past four decades. Starting with a sophisticated exploration of the historical development of the grotesque in literature, the book outlines the aesthetic trajectories of Angela Carter, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Iain Banks, Will Self and Toby Litt and offers detailed critical readings of key works of modern fiction including The Bloody Chamber (1979), Money (1984), The Child in Time (1987), The Wasp Factory (1984), Great Apes (1997) and Ghost Story (2004). The book shows how the grotesque continues to be a powerful force in contemporary writing and provides an illuminating picture of often controversial aspects of recent fiction.Selfa#39;s Swiftian play of scale is also employed in humorous ways, for example in the story a#39;Design Faults in the Volvo 760 Turbo: A Manuala#39;, as the adulterous Bill contemplates being caught by his wife Vanessa in flagrante delicto with Serena: It is not unlikely that Vanessa will see Bill snogging with Serena, because Bill is a€“ he acknowledges with a spurt of dread a€“ at least sixty feet high. He bestrides the two lanes of bumpy tarmac, his crotch forming a blue denim underpass for theanbsp;...

Title:The Grotesque in Contemporary British Fiction
Author: Robert Duggan
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2016-05-16

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