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Father and Son: Kingsley Amis, Martin Amis, and the British Novel since 1950
by Gavin Keulks
University of Wisconsin Press, 2004
Cloth: 978-0-299-19210-5 | Paper: 978-0-299-19214-3 | eISBN: 978-0-299-19213-6
Library of Congress Classification PR6001.M6Z745 2003
Dewey Decimal Classification 823.91409

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An innovative study of two of England’s most popular, controversial, and influential writers, Father and Son breaks new ground in examining the relationship between Kingsley Amis and his son, Martin Amis. Through intertextual readings of their essays and novels, Gavin Keulks examines how the Amises’ work negotiated the boundaries of their personal relationship while claiming territory in the literary debate between mimesis and modernist aesthetics. Theirs was a battle over the nature of reality itself, a twentieth-century realism war conducted by loving family members and rival, antithetical writers. Keulks argues that the Amises’ relationship functioned as a source of literary inspiration and that their work illuminates many of the structural and stylistic shifts that have characterized the British novel since 1950.

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