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Understanding Graham Swift

Author: David Malcolm
Publisher: Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, ©2003.
Series: Understanding contemporary British literature.
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"Understanding Graham Swift introduces readers to the entirety of the novelist's career, including his lesser-known short stories. Through close readings, David Malcolm explains the central importance Swift places on the role of history in human life - and on the difficulties of giving an adequate account of that history."
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Named Person: Graham Swift; Graham Swift; Graham Swift
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Malcolm
ISBN: 1570035156 9781570035159
OCLC Number: 52765948
Description: viii, 238 p. ; 19 cm.
Contents: Understanding Graham Swift --
A Narrow World? (I): The Sweet-Shop Owner (1980) --
Secrets: Shuttlecock (1981) --
The Novelist's Workshop: Learning to Swim and Other Stories (1982) --
The Uses of History: Waterland (1983) --
Witnesses: Out of This World (1988) --
Against Transience: Ever After (1992) --
A Narrow World? (II): Last Orders (1996) --
The Narrow Way: The Light of Day (2003).
Series Title: Understanding contemporary British literature.
Responsibility: David Malcolm.
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"Understanding Graham Swift introduces readers to the entirety of the novelist's career, including his lesser-known short stories. Through close readings, David Malcolm explains the central importance Swift places on the role of history in human life - and on the difficulties of giving an adequate account of that history."

"In separate chapters Malcolm considers each of Swift's seven novels, from The Sweet Shop Owner, published in 1980, through The Light of Day, published in 2003. Malcolm explores Swift's presentation of family conflict and emotional and psychological disturbance, his use of complex narrative technique and genre mixture, and his interest in metafictional issues. Malcolm underscores the novelist's debt to earlier writers, most especially George Eliot, Charles Dickens, and William Faulkner, and his recurrent concern with the lives of socially humble characters."

"Malcolm discusses the novelist's use of major twentieth-century historical events to shape and deform the lives of his characters; his focus on the distortions and evasions that characterize the discussion of personal, local, and national histories; and his fascination with the complexities, sufferings, and joys that mark individual lives. Malcolm suggests that despite Swift's dark vision of human suffering, he tempers his writing with an intermittent focus on that which can redeem our failures, our losses, and our cruelties."--BOOK JACKET.

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