Late Modernism and the Avant-Garde British Novel: Oblique Strategies

Author:   Julia Jordan (Associate Professor Department of English Language and Literature University College London)
Publisher:   Oxford University Press
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9780198857280


Pages:   256
Publication Date:   26 March 2020
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This volume takes as its subject the British experimental or avant-garde novel of the decades following the immediately postwar period in Britain, from the nineteen-fifties to the mid-seventies, which transformed literary culture, provoking extremes both of praise and castigation. The experimental novel came to be defined by certain formal effects; they tend to be non-linear, jump-cut or collaged, or typographically eccentric. Yet this book also proposes an understanding of their particular strain of late modernism as constituted by a thematic and philosophical concern with accident, error, and indeterminacy. The book rethinks the resurgence of the literary avant-garde--including the writers Christine Brooke-Rose, B. S. Johnson, and Ann Quin--that occurred in these decades, and attempt to explain its implications for the twentieth-century history of the novel.

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Author:   Julia Jordan (Associate Professor Department of English Language and Literature University College London)
Publisher:   Oxford University Press
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 16.00cm , Height: 1.90cm , Length: 24.00cm
Weight:   0.508kg
ISBN:  

9780198857280


ISBN 10:   0198857284
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   26 March 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Oblique Strategies and Experimental Fictions Part 1: Accidental Forms 1: Accident as Event: Accidents, Atoms, and Late Modernist Experiment 2: Accident as Form: Strategies of Surprise 3: Accident as Critique: The Politics of Form Part 2: Errancy, Uncertainty, Indeterminacy 4: Realism, Truth and Error in the Writing of B. S. Johnson 5: Accidental Subjects, or Ann Quin's Literature of Possibility 6: Indeterminate Brooke-Rose Part 3: Oblique Late(r) Modernism 7: The Avant Garde and Late, Late Modernism: Alexander Trocchi and Tom McCarthy Coda

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Julia Jordan is Associate Professor of English at UCL. She is the author of Chance and the Modern British Novel (2010), and she has co-edited an anthology of B.S. Johnson's writing entitled Well Done God! (Picador, 2013). She has also published essays in a variety of collections and journals on aspects of twentieth-century literature, and in particular the experimental writing of the 1960s and 70s.

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