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The Resource Romances of the archive in contemporary British fiction, Suzanne Keen

Romances of the archive in contemporary British fiction, Suzanne Keen

Label
Romances of the archive in contemporary British fiction
Title
Romances of the archive in contemporary British fiction
Statement of responsibility
Suzanne Keen
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Romances of the Archive in Contemporary British Fiction is a lively discussion of the debates about the uses of the past contained in British fiction since the Falklands crisis. Drawing on a diverse and original body of work, Suzanne Keen provides a detailed examination of the range of contemporary 'romances of the archive, ' a genre in which British novelists both deal with the loss of Empire and a nostalgia for the past, and react to the postimperial condition of Great Britain. Keen identifies the genre and explains its literary sources from Edmund Spenser to H.P. Lovecraft and John LeCarre. She also accounts for the rise in popularity of the archival romance and provides a context for understanding the British postimperial preoccupation with history and heritage. Avoiding a narrow focus on postmodernist fiction alone, Keen treats archival romances from A.S. Byatt's Booker Prize-winning Possession to the paperback thrillers of popular novelists. Using the work of Peter Ackroyd, Julian Barnes, Lindsay Clarke, Stevie Davies, Peter Dickinson, Alan Hollinghurst, P.D. James, Graham Swift, and others, Keen shows how archival romances insist that there is a truth and that it can be found. By characterizing the researcher who investigates, then learns the joys, costs, and consequences of discovery, Romances of the Archive persistently questions the purposes of historical knowledge and the kind of reading that directs the imagination to conceive the past
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Keen, Suzanne
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English fiction
  • Historical fiction, English
  • Libraries in literature
  • Archives in literature
  • Postcolonialism
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Archives in literature
  • English fiction
  • Historical fiction, English
  • Libraries in literature
  • Postcolonialism
  • Great Britain
Label
Romances of the archive in contemporary British fiction, Suzanne Keen
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-272) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Contemporary fiction, postimperial conditions : romances of the archive -- Romances of the archive : identifying characteristics : A.S. Byatt and Julian Barnes -- Wellsprings : Edmund Spenser, Henry James, H.P. Lovecraft, Josephine Tey, Umberto Eco -- History or heritage? : Penelope Lively, Barry Unsworth, Peter Ackroyd -- Time magic and the counterfactual imagination : Kingsley Amis, Lindsay Clarke, Lawrence Norfolk, Nigel Williams -- Custody of the truth : P.D. James, Robert Harris, Peter Dickinson, Margaret Drabble -- Envisioning the past : Alan Hollinghurst, Adam Mars-Jones, Robert Goddard, Stevie Davies -- Epilogue : postcolonial rejoinders : Derek Walcott, Keri Hulme, Amitav Ghosh, Bharati Mukherjee
Control code
ocn806952647
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 288 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781442679450
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt52h7r
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)806952647
Label
Romances of the archive in contemporary British fiction, Suzanne Keen
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-272) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Contemporary fiction, postimperial conditions : romances of the archive -- Romances of the archive : identifying characteristics : A.S. Byatt and Julian Barnes -- Wellsprings : Edmund Spenser, Henry James, H.P. Lovecraft, Josephine Tey, Umberto Eco -- History or heritage? : Penelope Lively, Barry Unsworth, Peter Ackroyd -- Time magic and the counterfactual imagination : Kingsley Amis, Lindsay Clarke, Lawrence Norfolk, Nigel Williams -- Custody of the truth : P.D. James, Robert Harris, Peter Dickinson, Margaret Drabble -- Envisioning the past : Alan Hollinghurst, Adam Mars-Jones, Robert Goddard, Stevie Davies -- Epilogue : postcolonial rejoinders : Derek Walcott, Keri Hulme, Amitav Ghosh, Bharati Mukherjee
Control code
ocn806952647
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 288 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781442679450
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt52h7r
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)806952647

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