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The Late-Career Novelist Career Construction Theory, Authors and Autofiction by Hywel Dix
  

The Late-Career Novelist Career Construction Theory, Authors and Autofiction

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The Late-Career Novelist Career Construction Theory, Authors and Autofiction by Hywel Dix

The first scholarly study of the phenomenon of the 'late-career novel', this book explores the ways in which bestselling contemporary novelists look back and respond to their earlier successes in their subsequent writings. Exploring the work of major novelists such as Angela Carter, V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, Julian Barnes, A.S. Byatt and Graham Swift, The Late-Career Novelist draws for the first time on social psychology and career construction theory to examine how the dynamics of a literary career play out in the fictional worlds of our best-known novelists. From here, Hywel Dix develops and argues for a new mode of reading contemporary writing on the contexts of current literary culture.

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In his well-written seven-chapter volume on contemporary novelists such as Angela Carter, V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, Julian Barnes, A.S. Byatt and Graham Swift, Hywel Dix takes the all-together new and original path of examining at the late-career works of established and highly-acclaimed authors. Dr. K. Ferreira-Meyers, Coordinator Linguistics and Modern Languages/Literature Institute of Distance Education, University of Swaziland, Swaziland In The Late-Career Novelist, Hywel Dix demonstrates that the figure of the author is well and truly alive and kicking in the twenty-first century. Through readings of the works of A. S. Byatt, Haruki Murakami, V. S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, and others, The Late-Career Novelist shows that studying a writer's late work provides knowledge into more than just the career and self-retrospect of an individual author. Late career writings, often self-conscious and self-critical, offer insight into the figure of the author, the reciprocity or reading and writing, and the function of contemporary literature in the social world. Dr. Alison Gibbons, Reader in Contemporary Stylistics, Sheffield Hallam University


About the Author

Hywel Dix is Principal Lecturer in English and Communication at Bournemouth University, UK. His previous books include Postmodern Fiction and the Break-Up of Britain (Bloomsbury, 2010).

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Book Info

Publication date

10th August 2017

Author

Hywel Dix

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Academic an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Hardback
224 pages

Categories

Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: from c 1900 -

ISBN

9781350030060

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