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Twenty-First-Century FictionContemporary British Voices$
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Daniel Lea

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719081491

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719081491.001.0001

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Introduction: contemporary criticism and the untimely

Introduction: contemporary criticism and the untimely

(p.1) Introduction: contemporary criticism and the untimely
Twenty-First-Century Fiction

Daniel Lea

Manchester University Press

This introduction outlines the critical aims of the study, identifying the authors covered and placing them within the context of post-millennial writing in Britain. It also centrally addresses the problems involved in practising literary criticism on very contemporary material, and contextualises debates around the end of the postmodern and its aftermath. It seeks to establish (and justify) a critical methodology that eschews broad synopticism in favour of close attentiveness to the reflections and refractions of one author beside another. It also introduces the themes of Materiality, Connectivity, and Authenticity that emerge repeatedly in the analyses that follow.

Keywords:   Critical untimeliness, The Contemporary, Post-postmodernism, Materiality, Connectivity, Authenticity

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