Introduction
Contemporary criticism and the untimely
in Twenty-first-century fiction
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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.

Twenty-first-century fiction

Contemporary British voices

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