First Published in 2002. Amongst a time of rapid and radical social change, New Accents is a positive response to change, with each volume seeking to encourage rather than resist the process of change, to stretch rather than reinforce boundaries that currently define literature and its academic study. All the essays collected here deal in their different ways with 'popular fictions', but they were all, also, first published in the journal Literature and History. In that sense, then, they are quite literally 'essays in literature and history'.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction, Humm Peter, Paul Stigant, Peter Widdowson; Chapter 2 Literature and the Grub Street myth, Kathy Macdermott; Chapter 3 Beggars and thieves: The Beggar's Opera as crime drama, Michael Denning; Chapter 4 The moment of Pickwick, or the production of a commodity text, Norman Feltes; Chapter 5 History and ‘literary value’: Adam Bede and Salem Chapel, Brooker Peter, Paul Stigant, Peter Widdowson; Chapter 6 What shall we do with the starving baby? – Edward Jenkins and Ginx's Baby, Brian Maidment; Chapter 7 Fictional suburbia, Kate Flint; Chapter 8 Philip Gibbs and the newsreel novel, Stuart Laing; Chapter 9 The gentry, bourgeois hegemony and popular fiction: Rebecca and Rogue Male, Roger Bromley; Chapter 10 Agincourt 1944: readings in the Shakespeare myth, Graham Holderness; Chapter 11 Production and reproduction: the case of Frankenstein, Paul O'Flinn; Chapter 12 Re-imagining the fairy tales: Angela Carter's bloody chambers, Patricia Duncker; Chapter 13 Marxism and popular fiction, Tony Bennett;
Peter Humm, Paul Stigant, Peter Widdowson