Rethinking the Arcadian revenge: metachronous times in the fiction of Sam Taylor

Edwards, Caroline (2012) Rethinking the Arcadian revenge: metachronous times in the fiction of Sam Taylor. Modern Fiction Studies, 58 (3). pp. 477-502. ISSN 0026-7724

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/mfs.2012.0051

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Abstract

This article reads the novels of contemporary British writer Sam Taylor as indicative of an increasing concern in British novels of the twenty-first-century with foregrounding temporal experience through disruptive, non-linear and non-contemporaneous narrative frameworks (what I am calling metachronous times). Influenced by an earlier generation of experimental British writers concerned with the powerful critique available to “speculative” fictions – notably Doris Lessing, J. G. Ballard and Muriel Spark – a generation of younger and/or “pre-canonical” novelists are offering new ways of imagining subjectivity and challenging traditional realism by explicitly experimenting with narrative times.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Sam Taylor, contemporary British fiction, post-apocalyptic narratives, literary fiction, utopia, Ernst Bloch
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:5703
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Deposited On:25 May 2012 16:28
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