The grotesque in contemporary British fiction

By Robert Duggan

The grotesque in contemporary British fiction


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7891-0
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.00
  • Published Date: September 2013
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literature & literary studies / Literary theory, Literature, Literature: history & criticism, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Literary theory, Ireland, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / General, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh


The grotesque in contemporary British fiction reveals the extent to which the grotesque endures as a dominant artistic mode in British fiction and presents a new way of understanding six authors who have been at the forefront of British literature over the past four decades.

Starting with a sophisticated exploration of the historical development of the grotesque in literature, the book outlines the aesthetic trajectories of Angela Carter, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Iain Banks, Will Self and Toby Litt and offers detailed critical readings of key works of modern fiction including The Bloody Chamber (1979), Money (1984), The Child in Time (1987), The Wasp Factory (1984), Great Apes (1997) and Ghost Story (2004). The book shows how the grotesque continues to be a powerful force in contemporary writing and provides an illuminating picture of often controversial aspects of recent fiction.


1. The contemporary British grotesque
2. Angela Carter: The play's the thing
3. Martin Amis: The limits of comedy
4. Ian McEwan: Below the waves
5. Iain Banks: Improbable possibilities
6. Will Self: Under the influence
7. Toby Litt: Haunted by the grotesque


Robert Duggan is Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at the University of Central Lancashire

The grotesque in contemporary British fiction

By Robert Duggan

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