He went to the local public schools and was among the first students to graduate from the University of Ibadan. After graduation, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer and Director of External Broadcasting, and it was during this period that he began his writing career.
Thanks are also due to my colleagues — in particular Michael Leslie, Cynthia Marshall, Anne Reef, and Lynn Zastoupil — and former students — Anna Teekell and the students in my spring Contemporary Anglophone Novel class — for their helpful feedback on various portions of this work.
The volume benefited from the support I have received as holder of the Charles R. Glover Chair of English Studies since Llewellyn also deserves my sincerest thanks for his support of this work and faculty research and creative activity at Rhodes.
Schwarz of Cornell University for approaching me to contribute a volume to the present series. As always, I am deeply grateful to my wife Rachel and daughters Hannah and Ruth for making everything possible and worthwhile.
An earlier version of portions of Chapter 9 first appeared in Brian W. Probably there are about the same number of ways of writing a Social History of Britain since This vast, rich, spectacularly heterogeneous field of the British and postcolonial Anglophone novel is only now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, coming into focus.
In an introductory chapter I address three important contexts within which the novel of the period takes shape: Although few ix Preface novels in the field respond to all three phenomena, all of them respond to at least one them.
The chapter closes with a discussion of the novel as a genre that is open-ended, socially engaged, and exploratory, one that challenges and stretches the prevailing canons of knowledge, perception, and literary representation in its bid to picture and probe an evolving contemporary reality.
Each of these terms is a highly contested locus of meaning, a protean concept that shifts in sense over the course of the period under investigation. My goal here is to provide readers with a useful set of rubrics and terms with which to approach the contemporary British and postcolonial Anglophone novel.
This introductory chapter is followed by ten more focused chapters, each of which treats a critically acclaimed and influential, widely read and taught novel from the period. In each case I provide key contexts for interpreting, followed by a detailed reading of, the novel in question.
What can be affirmed is that the ten works selected for fuller treatment here comprise a representative sampling of significant novels from the field, from a variety of decades, from the s to the s, and geographical locales: Literary modernism — a transatlantic cultural phenomenon that influenced the direction of the twentieth-century novel and that engaged with myriad extraliterary developments of its day — is explored in another volume in this series.
It nevertheless deserves brief treatment here as a key context within which the post British novel took shape and to which it responded.
Contexts and Concepts narration. It remains to explain why such features evolved, if only to provide the context within which the post novel came about. After all, we may presume that all writers in all periods seek to be innovative in some way, even if it is only to tell a familiar story in a new or modern style.
Novelty and innovation per se were less important than making the new literature faithful to contemporary social, technological, psychological, epistemological, and aesthetic realities. Perhaps the most important influences on modernism in the novel, influences to which the novels of our period continued to respond, were a series of revolutionary ideas in European thought that contributed to a Zeitgeist within which these novelists wrote.
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