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- DescriptionThis study explores five major narratives of Ghanian-born velist William Boyd from a satiric point of view. Boyd s vels and short stories take up some of the particular traits of satire, a genre which has gradually lost the impact it had in the eighteenth century. This book analyses the satiric spirit of four vels and one short story: A Good Man in Africa, An Ice-Cream War, Stars and Bars, Armadillo and-The Destiny of Nathalie X -. It looks at the way Boyd approaches crucial events in twentieth-century history and how he unmasks the follies that underlay most of them. It also deals with issues such as the effects of British colonialism in Africa, the superficiality of Hollywood s film industry and the shortcomings of modern urban civilisation. The theoretical framework of this study is based on the analysis of recent satire criticism.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Juan F. Elices (1975) is a Lecturer at the Department of English Studies (UNED-Madrid) where he teaches 18th and 19th-Century English Literature and Postcolonial Literatures in English. He studied English Philology at the University of Alcala (Madrid). In 1999 and 2000, he was Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Cambridge University, respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. with honours in English Literature from the University of Alcala in 2003. He was awarded the -Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado- for his doctoral thesis.
- Author(s)Juan F. Elices
- PublisherVerlag Peter Lang
- Date of Publication01/11/2006
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationPieterlen
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintVerlag Peter Lang
- Weight350 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
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