Martin Amis: Postmodernism and Beyond

Martin Amis: Postmodernism and Beyond

Language: English

Pages: 241

ISBN: 0230008305

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This is the first collection of essays ever published on Martin Amis, one of England's most controversial and critically acclaimed authors. It assembles the ideas of twelve scholars from different countries to clarify the major trends and transitions in Amis's work. The essays will become an authoritative resource for scholars and students alike.



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more satisfying and eloquent the belated revelation … of the inability to reveal.” The latter recalls Self’s suppressions, all announced with gusto. Money Makes the Man: Gender and Sexuality in Martin Amis’s Money Emma Parker University of Leicester If, as the proverb states, money makes the man, then the denouement of Money (1984) calls the gender of its protagonist, John Self, into question by leaving him penniless. In this context, Amis’s assertion that Self’s financial downfall constitutes

evolves his subsequent periods. Three features in particular distinguish this volume and separate it from extant scholarship. First, the 12 invited contributors are experts on Amis’s work and contemporary British literature. They also form an impressive international cast, hailing from six different countries. Far better than any monograph or more streamlined collection, this volume 10.1057/9780230598478 - Martin Amis: Postmodernism and Beyond, Edited by Gavin Keulks Copyright material from

Time’s Arrow extends this conceit over its entire length, beginning with the protagonist’s death (and narrator’s birth) in America from a car accident. The book concludes in 1916 in Solingen, Germany, the birthplace of not only Amis’s protagonist but also Adolf Eichmann, the man responsible for overseeing the Final Solution to which Unverdorben contributed (163). Amis’s application of this unusual form to a fictional treatment of the Holocaust involved its own “assay,” in other words, its own

the sub-section “Human Postures and Their Relation to Power. Standing. Sitting. Lying. Sitting on the Ground. Kneeling.” 10.1057/9780230598478 - Martin Amis: Postmodernism and Beyond, Edited by Gavin Keulks Copyright material from - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-08 Catherine Bernard 135 136 Martin Amis: Postmodernism and Beyond Adorno, Theodor W. The Culture Industry. Selected Essays on Mass Culture. Ed. J.M. Bernstein.

twice: first through his beating, which appears initially senseless, then through Karla White, who represents postmodern seductivity. This seduction assumes direct and indirect forms, epitomized by Karla and Xan’s incestuous fondling as well as their discussions of child molestation. In each instance, Xan must choose between solipsism and altruism, between self and family, or – adopting the logic of pornography – between masturbatory isolation and the liberation of love. It is the quintessential

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