Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes : Contemporary Critical Perspectives

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This is an up-to-date critical collection on the work of contemporary British novelist, Julian Barnes. Julian Barnes is one of the most refined British writers and distinguished intellectuals of his generation whose rich body of work has been awarded many literary prizes both in the UK and abroad. Although primarily a novelist and essayist, the 'chameleon of British letters' has also written short stories, television scripts and a screenplay. This critical guide provides a wide range of current critical perspectives on Barnes' work from early bestselling novels "Flaubert's Parrot and "The History of the World in 10-1/2 Chapters" up to "Arthur and George". Including contributions by some of the finest critics working in the contemporary field, it reflects the richness and diversity of one of Britain's greatest living writers. "Guides in the Contemporary Critical Perspectives" series provide companions to reading and studying major contemporary authors. Each guide includes new critical essays combining textual readings, cultural analysis and discussion of key critical and theoretical issues in a clear, accessible style.
They also include a preface by a major contemporary writer, a new interview with the author, discussion of film and TV adaptation and guidance on further reading.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 15.24mm | 299.37g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1441152229
  • 9781441152220
  • 1,006,438

Table of contents

Foreword; Series Editors' Preface; Acknowledgements; Contributors; Chronology of Julian Barnes's Life; Introduction: Julian Barnes and the Wisdom of Uncertainity Sebastian Groes and Peter Childs; 1. The Flaneur and the Freeholder: Paris and London in Metroland Matthew Taunton; 2. Inventing a Way to the Truth: Life and Fiction in Flaubert's Parrot Ryan Roberts; 3. 'A preference for things Gallic': Julian Barnes and the French Connection Vanessa Guignery; 4. 'An Ordinary Piece of Magic': Religion in the Work of Julian Barnes Andrew Tate; 5. Crossing the Channel: Europe and the Three Uses of France in Julian Barnes's Talking it Over Merritt Moseley; 6. 'Stranger Than Fiction': an epistolary essay on The Porcupine Dimitrina Kondeva; 7. England, England and Englishness Richard Bradford; 8. Matters of Life and Death: The Short Stories of Julian Barnes Peter Childs; 9. 'All Letters Quoted are Authentic': The Past after Postmodern Fabulation in Julian Barnes's Arthur & George Christine Berberich; Afterword Andrew Lycett; References; Further Reading; Index.
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This welcome new assessment of Barnes's ground-breaking work and achievement takes scholarly analysis of his oeuvre to a new level, offering insights into the genesis of some of his novels and a new perspective on his complex uses of historical and biographical fact and fictional invention.
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About Christine Berberich

Peter Childs is Professor of Modern English Literature at the University of Gloucestershire. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2004. Sebastian Groes is Lecturer in English Literature at Roehampton University, UK.
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