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The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 7: British and Irish Fiction Since 1940

Peter Boxall and Bryan Cheyette


This book offers an account on the last eight decades of British and Irish prose fiction. It begins during the Second World War, when novel production fell by more than a third, and ends at a time when new technologies have made possible the publication of an unprecedented number of fiction titles and have changed completely the relationship between authors, publishers, the novel, and the reader. The chapters look at the impact of global warfare on the novel from the Second World War to the Cold War to the twenty-first century; the reflexive continuities of late modernism; the influence of fil ... More

Keywords: prose fiction, Second World War, global warfare, Cold War, migrant fiction, ethnic fiction, genre fiction, literary fiction, serial novel, science fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198749394
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198749394.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Boxall, editor
Professor of English, University of Sussex

Bryan Cheyette, editor
Chair in Modern Literature, University of Reading

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Part I 1940–1973: Key Figures and Contexts

4 Working-Class Fictions

Nicola Wilson

6 Migrant Fiction

C. L. Innes

Part II Genres/Subgenres

14 The Novel as History

John Brannigan

15 The Novel Sequence

Nick Bentley

20 Jewish Fictions

Nadia Valman

Part III 1973 to Present: Key Figures and Contexts

26 The Feminist Novel

Mary Eagleton

Part IV Approaching the Twenty-First-Century Novel

33 The Future of the Novel

Peter Boxall and Bryan Cheyette