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Understanding Will Self introduces readers to the satire and expressive ingenuity of a British writer who has garnered an array...

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Details of Understanding Will Self

Exact title of the book
Understanding Will Self
Book author
M. Hunter Hayes
Book edition
Hardcover
Number of pages
221 pages
Language
English
Published
April 12th 2007 by University of South Carolina Press
File size (in PDF)
884 kB
Understanding Will Self

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Understanding Will Self introduces readers to the satire and expressive ingenuity of a British writer who has garnered an array of awards since the 1991 publication of his first short story collection, The Quantity Theory of Sanity. In this guide to the well-received but largely unstudied writer, M. Hunter Hayes examines the key themes, narrative strategies, and cultural commentaries that characterize Self's work.

Through close textual analyses, Hayes guides readers through the alternative universe of Self's writing and maps the interplay between his forays into journalism and fiction. Marked by their combination of seemingly improbable events and quotidian details, Self's novels, novellas, and short stories examine contemporary English life through a mode of writing that he has aptly termed dirty magical realism. Hayes shows how recurring characters have evolved through successive works and in relation with their environments.