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Katy Shaw is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Brighton. Her research brings an inter-disciplinary, theoretical expertise on the field of the intersection between creative and factual writing as well as contributing to developments in the fields of poetry and the contemporary novel, language, identity and translation.
David Peace is an emerging author who is widely
read and taught, and whose novels are increasingly translated into
commercial film (The Damned United, March 2009) and television
(Channel 4 adaptation of the Red Riding Quartet, March
2009). Dr. Katy Shaw's book provides a challenging but accessible
critical introduction to his work through a detailed analysis of
his writing, as well as the socio-cultural contexts of its production
and dissemination. The author explores Peace’s attempts to
capture the sensibilities of late twentieth century society and
contributes to an ongoing debate in the media about Peace’s
representations. Influenced by critical theory, the text will be
the first secondary resource concerning this rising star of contemporary
While UK readers will seek insight into the socio-cultural contexts of England’s regions (and in particular his writing on the Yorkshire Ripper and the 1985-5 miners’ strike), Peace also has a following in the US where both The Damned United and Red Riding are set to receive a national cinema release in 2009/10. This broad international appeal and readership will be explored and discussed, especially in the context of crime fiction and social engagement.
This text is the first critical resource concerning this author and will cover the full body of Peace’s writings to date, the debates this work has generated, and the often contentious representations offered by his novels.
|Hardback Price:||£55.00 / $64.50|
|Release Date:||December 2010|
|Page Extent / Format:||224 pp. / 229 x 152 mm|
Acknowledgements & List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Peace in Our Time
Chapter One: A Very Yorkshire Tale
Chapter Two: Words Fail
Chapter Three: Towards a Hauntology of the North
Chapter Four: Yorkshire Noir
Chapter Five: From the Picket Line to the Page
Chapter Six: The Life of Brian
Chapter Seven: Occupation and Defeat in the Tokyo Trilogy
Conclusion: His Dark Materials
Bibliography & Index
A lucid and informative introduction to a controversial rising star of contemporary British fiction, and an invaluable guide to Peace’s disturbing vision of the dark underside of Thatcher’s Britain.
Ian Haywood, author of Working-Class Fiction
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