Understanding Martin Amis: Inheritance and Independence in the Work of Britains Literary... James Diedrick

ISBN: 9781570030581

Published: September 1st 1995

Hardcover

207 pages


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Understanding Martin Amis: Inheritance and Independence in the Work of Britains Literary...  by  James Diedrick

Understanding Martin Amis: Inheritance and Independence in the Work of Britains Literary... by James Diedrick
September 1st 1995 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 207 pages | ISBN: 9781570030581 | 3.23 Mb

Understanding Martin Amis is a comprehensive guide to the novels, short stories, and nonfiction of one of Britains most highly acclaimed and controversial authors. Building on the first edition,of 1995, James Diedrick draws on personal interviews,MoreUnderstanding Martin Amis is a comprehensive guide to the novels, short stories, and nonfiction of one of Britains most highly acclaimed and controversial authors. Building on the first edition,of 1995, James Diedrick draws on personal interviews, reviews, and criticism, to map the distinctive features of Martin Amiss imaginative landscape—the sociosexual satire of Money and Yellow Dog, the bold experimentation of Times Arrow and Night Train, and the provocative blend of autobiography and cultural analysis in Experience and Koba the Dread.

Diedrick illustrates how Amis has reshaped the British literary landscape, expanding its stylistic and thematic range while creating forms adequate to the experience of postmodernity. Diedrick also analyzes an increasing cultural conservatism in Amiss work, rooted in Amiss relationship with his father, the novelist Kingsley Amis. During has early career, the younger Amis opposed his fathers political and aesthetic conservatism.

But his opposition has given way to frequent expressions of political and literary solidarity. Diedrick shows how this filial relationship continues to shape the sons social outlook and writing.Diedrick also identifies two complementary impulses in Amiss work. The first is journalistic and satirical, expressed in an incisive wit aimed at contemporary social realities. The second is aesthetic, manifesting a Nabokovian love of verbal play and formal experimentation. Besides analyzing the ways Amiss fiction forges the topical into the literary, Diedrick argues for the importance of Amiss considerable journalistic oeuvre and provides close readings of his nonfiction collections and his uncollected essays and reviews.



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