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Graham Swift

by Daniel Lea, Susan Williams

Part of the Contemporary British Novelists Series

Graham Swift Synopsis

This book offers an accessible critical introduction to the work of Graham Swift, one of Britain's most significant contemporary authors. Through detailed readings of his novels and short stories from 'The Sweet Shop Owner' (1980) to 'The Light of Day' (2003), Daniel Lea lucidly addresses the key themes of history, loss, masculinity and ethical redemption, to present a fresh approach to Swift. This study proposes that one of the side-effects of modernity has been the destruction of traditional pathways of self and collective belief, leading to a loss of understanding between individuals about their duties to each other and to society. Swift's writing returns repeatedly to the question of what we can believe in when all the established markers of identity - family, community, gender, profession, history - have become destabilised. Lea suggests that Swift increasingly moves towards a notion of redemption through a lived ethical practice as the only means of finding solace in a world lacking a central symbolic authority. -- .

Book Information

ISBN: 9780719068379
Publication date: 1st December 2005
Author: Daniel Lea, Susan Williams
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: from c 1900 -,

About Daniel Lea, Susan Williams

Daniel Lea is Senior Lecturer in English Studies at Oxford Brookes University -- .

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