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Scandalous fictions : the twentieth-century novel in the public sphere

Author: Jago Morrison; Susan Watkins; Palgrave Connect (Online service)
Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
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Riven by world wars and cold wars, atrocities and genocides, the twentieth century was also one of sexual, cultural and ideological revolutions, each inscribed across the fictions it produced. This fascinating new collection of original essays re-examines the twentieth-century novel as a form shaped by its problematic, often scandalous relation to the public sphere. Such iconic texts were crucial in negotiating a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Scandalous fictions.
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006
(OCoLC)71347897
Named Person: Rishi Sativihari; David H Lawrence; Jack Kerouac; Chinua Achebe; Salman Rushdie; Toni Morrison; Helen Darville; John M Coetzee; James Joyce; Radclyffe Hall
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jago Morrison; Susan Watkins; Palgrave Connect (Online service)
ISBN: 9780230287846 0230287840
OCLC Number: 681920691
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Description: 1 online resource (xii, 219 pages)
Contents: Introduction : the twentieth-century novel in the public sphere / Jago Morrison and Susan Watkins --
The 'nameless shamelessness' of Ulysses : libel and the law of literature / Sean Lantham --
'The aristocracy of intellect' : inversion and inheritance in Radclyffe Hall's The well of loneliness / Susan Watkins --
The law and the profits : the case of D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's lover / Fiona Becket --
'You reckon folks really act like that?' : horror films and the work of popular culture in Richard Wright's Native son / James Smethurst --
Scandalous for being scandalous : 'monstrous huge fuck[s]' and 'slambanging big sodomies' in Jack Kerouac's On the road / R.J. Ellis --
Chinua Achebe's A man of the people : the novel and the public sphere / Jago Morrison --
'Precious gift/piece of shit' : Salman Rushdie's The satanic verses and the revenge of history / Shailja Sharma --
Toni Morrison's Beloved : the scandal that disturbed domestic tranquility / Marilyn Sanders Mobley --
Helen Darville, The hand that signed the paper : who is 'Helen Demidenko'? / Sue Vice --
J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace : reading race/reading scandal / Kai Easton.
Responsibility: edited by Jago Morrison and Susan Watkins.
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ocn681920691

Abstract:

Riven by world wars and cold wars, atrocities and genocides, the twentieth century was also one of sexual, cultural and ideological revolutions, each inscribed across the fictions it produced. This fascinating new collection of original essays re-examines the twentieth-century novel as a form shaped by its problematic, often scandalous relation to the public sphere. Such iconic texts were crucial in negotiating a public space and voice for fiction in the twentieth century, repositioning their readers and challenging popular notions of privacy and probity. Leading contributors consider ten novels that changed readers' lives as well as public perceptions of the purpose of fiction: The Satanic Verses, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Beloved, On The Road, Disgrace, Ulysses, The Well of Loneliness, A Man of the People, Native Son, and The Hand that Signed the Paper. Three were the subject of famous trials for obscenity; others were accused of being blasphemous, libellous, seditious, even racist. Rewriting the critical consensus, the collection is an attempt to think afresh about the twentieth-century novel as a tradition of transgression, perennially caught between license and licentiousness, erudition and sedition.
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