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Routledge Library Editions: Modern Fiction

Routledge Library Editions: Modern Fiction (26 volume set) contains titles originally published between 1977 and 1997. It includes titles on the roles of women in literature, fantasy as a genre, a source guide to science fiction and many titles by renowned academics looking at specific novelists, the progression of their work and how it has been influential within modern fiction. Covering writers such as Iris Murdoch, John le Carré, Doris Lessing, Kurt Vonnegut and others, this collection will be of particular interest to students of literature and literary criticism.

  • Novelists in Interview

    1st Edition

    By John Haffenden

    Originally published in 1985, fourteen foremost writers of fiction give detailed accounts of their writings in this absorbing collection by John Haffenden, whom The Sunday Times has applauded for having ‘perfected’ the art of the literary interview. Bringing together discussions with a wide range…

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  • In Defence of Fantasy

    A Study of the Genre in English and American Literature since 1945, 1st Edition

    By Ann Swinfen

    The modern fantasy novel might hardly seem to need a defence, but its position in contemporary literature in the 1980s was still rather ambivalent. Many post-war writers had produced highly successful fantasy novels, some phenomenal publishing successes had occurred in the field, and an increasing…

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  • Becoming a Woman Through Romance

    1st Edition

    By Linda K. Christian-Smith

    A woman is incomplete without a man, motherhood is a woman’s destiny, and a woman’s place is in the home. These conservative political themes are woven throughout teen romance fiction’s sagas of hearts and flowers. Using the theory and interpretive methods of feminism and cultural studies,…

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  • The Unresolvable Plot

    Reading Contemporary Fiction, 1st Edition

    By Elizabeth Dipple

    Originally published in 1988, the last few decades had seen the appearance of some brilliant and complex new kinds of fiction. The ambitious experiments of writers such as Greene, Garcia Márquez, Borges, Nabakov, Calvino, Beckett, Eco, Spark, Hoban, Murdoch, Bellow, Ozick, and Lessing among others…

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  • Iris Murdoch

    Work for the Spirit, 1st Edition

    By Elizabeth Dipple

    Originally published in 1982, this brilliant study provides a perceptive and up-to-date assessment of the novels of Iris Murdoch, up to and including Nuns and Soldiers, published in 1980. The Fire and the Sun, her book on Plato, is also considered in depth. It is not a critical biography, but…

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  • Iris Murdoch

    1st Edition

    By Richard Todd

    Originally published in 1984, Iris Murdoch, widely regarded as one of the major British novelists of her generation at the time, was undoubtedly one of the most popular and prolific, having published twenty-one novels since 1954 (she went on to write many more). But the course of her…

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  • Narrative Authority and Homeostasis in the Novels of Doris Lessing and Carmen Martín Gaite

    1st Edition

    By Linda E. Chown

    This study, originally published in 1990, assesses a shift in the presentation of self-consciousness in two pairs of novels by Doris Lessing and Carmen Martín Gaite: 1) Lessing’s The Summer Before the Dark (1973) and Martín Gaite’s Retahílas (1974) and 2) Lessing’s The Memoirs of a Survivor (1974)…

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  • A Research Guide to Science Fiction Studies

    An Annotated Checklist of Primary and Secondary Sources for Fantasy and Science Fiction, 1st Edition

    Edited by Marshall B. Tymn, Roger C. Schlobin, Lloyd W. Currey

    Academic attention to science fiction and fantasy began in 1958, when the Modern Language Association scheduled its first seminar on science fiction at its New York meeting. Over the years science fiction emerged as a popular subject that achieved critical attention and acceptance as an academic…

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  • Alain Robbe-Grillet

    1st Edition

    By John Fletcher

    Alain Robbe-Grillet had traditionally been seen as an austere experimentalist in fiction, addicted to arid and interminable descriptions of objects like coffee pots, erasers and pieces of string. His own rather bellicose theoretical pronouncements were partly to blame for this unattractive picture,…

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  • Doris Lessing

    1st Edition

    By Lorna Sage

    Doris Lessing was one of the most impressive, prolific and vital of twentieth century writers. Her fiction is obsessed with the workings of cultural change and she radically extended the novel’s scope – most famously and influentially in The Golden Notebook – by questioning the realist tradition…

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  • Patrick White

    1st Edition

    By John Colmer

    Patrick White is a giant among the moderns. His massive novels, which chart the lonely paths to truth, challenge orthodox notions about fiction and reality. He has created a wholly new kind of prose to embody his prophetic visions of truth and his fierce denunciations of modern society. Originally…

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  • Margaret Drabble

    1st Edition

    By Joanne V. Creighton

    Margaret Drabble is a writer who plays a lively role in both popular and literary culture. Widely read and studied throughout the world her novels attract both the general reader and the literary critic. Originally published in 1985, Joanne Creighton examines this phenomenon and places particular…

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  • Stories of Resilience in Childhood

    Narratives of Maya Angelou, Maxine Hong Kingston, Richard Rodriguez, John Edgar Wideman and Tobias Wolff, 1st Edition

    By Daniel D. Challener

    What helps a child overcome extraordinary obstacles? Why do some children surmount many difficulties and go on to live fulfilling lives while other children who face similar difficulties end up living desperate, sad lives? What helps children beat the odds? What builds resilience in children? These…

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  • Magical Realism and the Fantastic

    Resolved versus Unresolved Antinomy, 1st Edition

    By Amaryll Beatrice Chanady

    Every reader of literature interprets the literary text on the basis of information they have acquired from previous reading, and according to norms they have established, either consciously or not, with regard to a work of literature. In this study, originally published in 1985, the author…

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  • Donald Barthelme

    1st Edition

    By Maurice Couturier, Régis Durand

    In the early 1980s Donald Barthelme was widely recognized in the United States as one of the major figures in contemporary postmodernism, a key and central experimental writer. In this study, originally published in 1982, two leading critics present Donald Barthelme’s work in its most radical and…

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  • E. L. Doctorow

    1st Edition

    By Paul Levine

    During his lifetime E. L. Doctorow was a remarkable phenomenon among contemporary American novelists. He was a serious writer who was popular, a political writer who was a stylist, an original writer who was highly eclectic and an historical writer who invented the past. In this study, originally…

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  • Kurt Vonnegut

    1st Edition

    By Jerome Klinkowitz

    Drawing on his experiences as a young man in the Great Depression and the Second World War, Kurt Vonnegut created a new style of fiction responsive to the post-war world and unique in its appeal to both popular audiences and avant-garde critics. His work was profoundly innovative and yet perfectly…

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  • Notebooks/Memoirs/Archives

    Reading and Rereading Doris Lessing, 1st Edition

    Edited by Jenny Taylor

    Since The Grass is Singing was published in 1950, Doris Lessing has commanded a widespread and heterogeneous readership. Written from a feminist political perspective, and employing diverse modes of critical analysis, the present volume, originally published in 1982, aims to combine detailed…

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  • Richard Brautigan

    1st Edition

    By Marc Chénetier

    Few contemporary American writers have been subjected to as much laudatory abuse as Richard Brautigan who, having become famous in the 1960s, was made a cult figure for the hippy generation and was systematically refused recognition as a major novelist once the sentimental wave of the ‘greening of…

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  • Thomas Pynchon

    1st Edition

    By Tony Tanner

    Thomas Pynchon is now recognized as a major contemporary novelist and perhaps the most important American writer since Melville. His work is both richly imaginative and amazingly erudite and can be compared, in its complexity, linguistic playfulness and experimentation and wealth of allusion, to…

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  • Ancient Cultures of Conceit

    British University Fiction in the Post-War Years, 1st Edition

    By Ian Carter

    The campus novel is one of the best loved forms of fiction in the post-war period. But what are its characteristic themes? What are its prejudices? And what does it take for granted? Originally published in 1990, this is the first study to connect literary, historical, and sociological aspects of…

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  • Adolescent Female Portraits in the American Novel 1961-1981

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    By Jane S. Bakerman, Mary Jean DeMarr

    Originally published in 1983, this title lists and annotates reference sources which will help readers select primary materials useful in studies of the literary portraits of women and their societal roles. The years 1961 to 1981 were set as boundaries for this volume because the author’s initial…

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  • The Myth of Superwoman

    Women's Bestsellers in France and the United States, 1st Edition

    By Resa L. Dudovitz

    Reviled by critics but loved by the readers, the bestseller has until recently provoked little serious critical interest. In The Myth of Superwoman, originally published in 1990, Resa Dudovitz looks at this international phenomenon, particularly at the origins of the bestseller system in the United…

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  • John le Carré

    1st Edition

    By Eric Homberger

    Since the heyday of Ian Fleming’s fantasy superspy James Bond, the novels of John le Carré have held up to readers across the world a sombre, fascinating picture of decline, deception and ethical ambiguity. In this study, originally published in 1986, the first to include an interpretation of A…

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  • Lord Jim

    1st Edition

    By John Batchelor

    Published in 1900, Conrad’s Lord Jim can in many ways be seen as the first ‘modern’ novel. This important full study of the book, originally published in 1988, emphasizes the outstanding historical and artistic significance of Conrad’s masterpiece. John Batchelor pursues the ways in which Conrad…

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  • John Fowles

    1st Edition

    By Peter Conradi

    John Fowles had gained great popularity as a contemporary novelist on both sides of the Atlantic. In this comprehensive study of his work, originally published in 1982, Peter Conradi relates his work to his life, his ideas and his place in contemporary English fiction at the time. Conradi sees him…

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  • Routledge Library Editions: Modern Fiction

    26 Volume Set, 1st Edition

    By Various

    Routledge Library Editions: Modern Fiction (26 volume set) contains titles, originally published between 1977 and 1997. It includes titles on the roles of women in literature, fantasy as a genre, a source guide to science fiction and many titles by renowned academics looking at specific novelists,…

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