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Late Modernism and the Avant-Garde British Novel: Oblique Strategies

Julia Jordan


In the decades following the immediately post-war period in Britain, a loose grouping of avant-garde writers that included Alan Burns, Christine Brooke-Rose, B. S. Johnson, and Ann Quin worked against the dominance, as they saw it, of the realist novel of the literary mainstream. Late Modernism and the Avant-Garde British Novel: Oblique Strategies reassesses the experimentalism versus realism debates of the period, and finds a body of work engaged with, rather than merely antagonistic towards, the literary culture it sought to renovate. Charting these engagements, it shows how they have signif ... More

Keywords: Experimental novel, late modernism, 1960s fiction, oblique, accident in narrative, indeterminacy, aleatory literature, avant-garde fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198857280
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198857280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia Jordan, author
Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, University College London