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Andrew Tate

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074882

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074882.001.0001

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Introduction: Coupland's contexts

Introduction: Coupland's contexts

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Coupland's contexts
Douglas Coupland

Andrew Tate

Manchester University Press

This book is structured around thematically focused chapters that consider Douglas Coupland's engagement with narrative, consumer culture, space and religion. This chapter locates Coupland's writing—both his novels and non-fiction—alongside parallel examples of music, film, television and cultural debate of the period. It prioritizes his emergence in the 1990s in relation to the wider X generation phenomenon but also considers issues of reception and thematic and formal development. In most instances, the books have been grouped chronologically, although Life After God and Girlfriend in a Coma (1998) are discussed together primarily on the basis of a shared theme.

Keywords:   X generation phenomenon, Douglas Coupland, reception issues, Life After God, Girlfriend in a Coma

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