Martin Amis

Martin Amis

by Brian Finney

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Overview

Booker-shortlisted for Time's Arrow and widely known for his novels, short stories, essays, reviews, and autobiographical works, Martin Amis is one of the most influential of contemporary British writers.

This guide to Amis's diverse and often controversial work offers:

  • an accessible introduction to the contexts and many interpretations of his texts, from publication to the present
  • an introduction to key critical texts and perspectives on Amis's life and work, situated within a broader critical history
  • cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism
  • suggestions for further reading.

Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of Martin Amis and seeking not only a guide to his works but also a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415402927
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/03/2008
Series: Routledge Guides to Literature
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations and referencing xi

Introduction xii

1 Life and contexts 1

The early years, 1949-73 1

Emerging from his father's shadow, 1974-84 10

The years of ascendancy, 1985-95 17

Responding to a changed world, 1995-2007 26

Further reading 34

2 Works 35

Novels 35

The Rachel Papers (1973) 35

Dead Babies (1975) 38

Success (1978) 40

Other People: A Mystery Story (1981) 42

Money: A Suicide Note (1984) 46

London Fields (1989) 50

Time's Arrow, or, The Nature of the Offense (1991) 54

The Information (1995) 57

Night Train (1997) 60

Yellow Dog (2003) 62

House of Meetings (2006) 65

Collections of short stories 67

Einstein's Monsters (1987) 67

Heavy Water and Other Stories (1998) 69

Autobiographical works 71

Experience: A Memoir (2000) 71

Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million (2000) 75

Essay collections 77

The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America (1986) 77

Visiting Mrs. Nabokov and Other Excursions (1993) 79

The War Against Cliché: Essays and Reviews, 1971-2000 (2001) 81

Further reading 85

3 Criticism 86

Intertextuality 86

Kingsley Amis 86

Vladimir Nabokov 89

Saul Bellow 91

Other instances 93

Contemporary reception of Amis's work 95

The Rachel Papers 95

From Other People to Time's Arrow 96

The later period 97

Major thematic concerns 100

Doubling 100

Late modernity 105

Subjectivity and Amis's characters 110

Amis and postmodernism 116

Author, reader, narrator, and narration 123

Genre 132

Gendered readings 139

Linguistic inventiveness 147

Further reading 153

4 Chronology 154

Bibliography 159

Index 172

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