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Written in clear, jargon-free prose, this introductory text charts the variety of vel writing in English in the second half of the twentieth century. The book presents an engaging introduction to the English-language vel from 1950-2000 (exclusive of the US); provides students both with strategies for interpretation and with fresh readings of selected seminal texts; maps out the most important contexts and concepts for understanding this fiction; and, features readings of ten influential English-language vels including Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale , Kazuo Ishiguro's Remains of the Day and Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart .
Brian W. Shaffer is Professor of English and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Faculty Development at Rhodes College, Memphis. He is the author of The Blinding Torch: Modern British Fiction and the Discourse of Civilization (1993) and Understanding Kazuo Ishiguro (1998). He is also the co-editor with Hunt Hawkins of Approaches to Teaching Conrad's Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer (2002) and the editor of A Companion to the British and Irish Novel 1945-2000 (Blackwell, 2005).