The 1990s proved to be a particularly rich and fascinating period for British fiction. This book presents a fresh perspective on the diverse writings that appeared over the decade, bringing together leading academics in the field. British Fiction of the 1990s:
Together the essays highlight the ways in which the writing of the 1990s represents a development of the themes and styles of the post-war novel generally, yet displays a range of characteristics distinct to the decade.
Notes on Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction: Mapping the Millennium: Themes and Trends in Contemporary British Fiction Nick Bentley Part 1: Millennial Anxieties 1. From Excess to New World Order Fred Botting 2. ‘Refugees from Time’: History, Death and the Flight from Reality in Contemporary Writing Andrzej Gasiorek 3. Science and Fiction in the 1990s Patricia Waugh 4. British Science Fiction in the 1990s: Politics and Genre Roger Luckhurst Part 2: Identity at the Fin de Siécle 5. The McReal Thing: Personal/National Identity in Julian Barnes’s England, England Sarah Henstra 6. Cyberspace and the Body: Jeanette Winterson’s The PowerBook Sonya Andermahr 7. ‘Fascinating Violation’: Ian McEwan’s Children Peter Childs 8. 'Tongues of bone': A.L. Kennedy and the Problems of Articulation Helen Stoddart Part 3: Historical Fictions 9. Mr Wroe’s Virgins: the ‘Other Victorians’ and Recent Fiction B.E. Maidment 10. Pat Barker’s Vanishing Boundaries Lynda Prescott 11. Singular Events: the ‘as if’ of Beryl Bainbridge’s Every Man for Himself Fiona Becket Part 4: Narrative Geographies 12. Iain Sinclair’s Millennial Fiction: The Example of Slow Chocolate Autopsy Julian Wolfreys 13. Hedgemony: Suburban Space in The Buddha of Suburbia Susan Brook 14. Iain Sinclair: The Psychotic Geographer Treads the Borderlines Peter Brooker