Studying and writing about contemporary fiction can be an intimidating experience as the object of study is constantly growing in a critical landscape that is developing and moving. Fortunately, several literary critics have tried to map this shifting terrain, and this book attempts to offer an examination of some of the key criticism of British fiction during the period from the mid-1970s to the present through a triangulation of the subject of study that constitutes British fiction in the contemporary period, the literary critics’ response to the fiction, and my own readings of both the novels and the critics. This can only ever be a partial account and much has had to be left out. Given the nature of the contemporary, the object of study is ever expanding both in terms of the production of fiction and the criticism that pertains to it, and this book can only offer a snapshot of this growing field.
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