Jim Crace: Into The Wilderness

Katy Shaw, Kate Aughterson (Editor)

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A unique essay collection on Jim Crace, locating his writing within contemporary philosophical, cultural and political debates.

In novels such as The Gift of Stones, Quarantine, Being Dead, The Pesthouse, and most recently, Harvest, Jim Crace has articulated a mythical sense of our contemporary simultaneous dislocation and connection to the world and planet on which we live. Crace has an uncanny ability to condense the conundrums of global political questions to the lucid simplicity of an epic yet particular narrative, evoking simultaneously a concrete sense of time and place through his characters and a timelessness through his refusal to locate his novels at identifiable historical or political moments. This timely first critical collection of essays on Crace’s work provides a retrospective on his work to date, locating his work within a number of contemporary interdisciplinary critical and cultural perspectives and concerns, including post-humanism, post-millennial pastoralism, post-post feminism and gender, intersections between science and literary theory, environmental politics, the symbiotics of authorial and critical archival work, and the context of the burgeoning world of literary prizes. It includes additional contextual material in the form of an interview with Jim Crace and the re-publication of a seminal critical essay on “Craceland” by Adam Begley. As such this critical essay collection will be essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary fiction, and Crace’s unique writing.

For the first time, this book offers readers seminal cutting edge research on Crace’s work together in one collection, from Crace himself to academics to archivists and literary editors.

The essays consider Crace’s earlier and most recent work in the light of contemporary critical and philosophical debates within a global political context, and each of the essays offer innovative inter-disciplinary ways of considering contemporary fiction.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages212
ISBN (Electronic)9783319940939
ISBN (Print)978-3319940922
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameContemporary Critical Perspectives


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