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Novel Style: Ethics and Excess in English Fiction since the 1960s

Ben Masters

Abstract

Re-examining elaborate English stylists from the post-war period to the present day (including Anthony Burgess, Angela Carter, Martin Amis, Zadie Smith, Nicola Barker, and David Mitchell) through a fresh style of ethical criticism that does not over-rely on notions of character and interiority (the terrain of the ‘humanist revival’), and that returns the author to centre-stage (contra the approach of the ‘new ethics’, with its indebtedness to poststructuralism), Novel Style defends the stylistic excesses of writers who were conscious of both writing out of excessive times and of the need for n ... More

Keywords: ethics, style, excess, affect, post-war and contemporary novel, Anthony Burgess, Angela Carter, Martin Amis, Zadie Smith, David Mitchell

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198766148
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198766148.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Masters, author
Assistant Professor in English Literature, University of Nottingham