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Romances of the Archive in Contemporary British Fiction

Romances of the Archive in Contemporary British Fiction Author : Suzanne Keen
Publisher : University of Toronto Press
Pub Date : 2003
Page : 288
Language : en
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Romances of the Archive in Contemporary British Fiction is a lively discussion of the debates about the uses of the past contained in British fiction since the Falklands crisis. Drawing on a diverse and original body of work, Suzanne Keen provides a detailed examination of the range of contemporary ‘romances of the archive,’ a genre in which British novelists both deal with the loss of Empire and a nostalgia for the past, and react to the postimperial condition of Great Britain. Keen identifies the genre and explains its literary sources from Edmund Spenser to H.P. Lovecraft and John LeCarre. She also accounts for the rise in popularity of the archival romance and provides a context for understanding the British postimperial preoccupation with history and heritage.

Avoiding a narrow focus on postmodernist fiction alone, Keen treats archival romances from A.S. Byatt’s Booker Prize-winning Possession to the paperback thrillers of popular novelists. Using the work of Peter Ackroyd, Julian Barnes, Lindsay Clarke, Stevie Davies, Peter Dickinson, Alan Hollinghurst, P.D. James, Graham Swift, and others, Keen shows how archival romances insist that there is a truth and that it can be found. By characterizing the researcher who investigates, then learns the joys, costs, and consequences of discovery, Romances of the Archive persistently questions the purposes of historical knowledge and the kind of reading that directs the imagination to conceive the past.

Romances Of The Archive In Contemporary British Fiction

Author by : Suzanne Keen
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2003
Publisher by : University of Toronto Press

Description : A detailed examination of the growing genre of British fiction featuring archives and archival research, from A.S. Byatt's Booker Prize?winning Possession to the paperback thrillers of popular novelis...

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Neo Victorian Fiction And Historical Narrative

Author by : L. Hadley
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2010-10-13
Publisher by : Springer

Description : Placing the popular genre of neo-Victorian fiction within the context of the contemporary cultural fascination with the Victorians, this book argues that these novels are distinguished by a commitment...

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Reading Historical Fiction

Author by : K. Mitchell
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2012-12-03
Publisher by : Springer

Description : This collection examines the intersection of historical recollection, strategies of representation, and reading practices in historical fiction from the eighteenth century to today. In shifting focus ...

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The Contemporary British Historical Novel

Author by : Mariadele Boccardi
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2009-08-15
Publisher by : Palgrave Macmillan

Description : A detailed study of an increasingly popular genre, this book offers readings of a group of significant and representative works, drawing on a range of interpretative strategies to examine the ways in ...

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