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Books by Peter Marks

  • Literature of the 1990s

    Peter Marks

    Product Code: BZIKL
    Paperback
    Placing literary creativity within a changing cultural and political context that saw the end of Margaret Thatcher and rise of New Labour, this book offers fresh interpretations of mainstream and marginal works from all parts of Britain. Based on a framework of thematically-structured accounts, the individual chapters cover national identity, ethnicity, sexuality, class, celebrity culture, history and fantasy in literature from Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England. It offers its readers a comprehensive view of the changing and challenging literary landscape in this period, critically examining the fiction, poetry and drama as well as representative films, art and music. Placed within the broader context of a transformative political and cultural environment that included Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, Damian Hirst and Princess Diana, the book captures the energetic and sometimes provocative experimentation that typified the final decade of the twentieth century.
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  • Literature of the 1990s

    Peter Marks

    Product Code: BMQWJ
    Hardback
    Provides a synoptic view of the exuberant and challenging fiction, poetry and drama created in 1990s BritainPlacing literary creativity within a changing cultural and political context that saw the end of Margaret Thatcher and rise of New Labour, this book offers fresh interpretations of mainstream and marginal works from all parts of Britain. Based on a framework of thematically-structured accounts, the individual chapters cover national identity, ethnicity, sexuality, class, celebrity culture, history and fantasy in literature from Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England. It offers its readers a comprehensive view of the changing and challenging literary landscape in this period, critically examining the fiction, poetry and drama as well as representative films, art and music. Placed within the broader context of a transformative political and cultural environment that included Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, Damian Hirst and Princess Diana, the book captures the energetic and sometimes provocative experimentation that typified the final decade of the twentieth century. Key FeaturesConsiders a wide-ranging assortment of fiction, poetry, drama and film of the 1990s within the broader political and cultural context of Great BritainSupplies a thematically oriented account of major aspects of contemporary literature, including ethnicity, class, celebrity and speculative workDeals with literature from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England, both in relation to each other and within the larger cultural environment of Great BritainPresents a theoretically informed argument integrated with close critical analyses of mainstream and marginal texts
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  • Imagining Surveillance

    Peter Marks

    Product Code: BCWTS
    Paperback
    Imagining Surveillance presents the first full-length study of the depiction and assessment of surveillance in literature and film. Focusing on the utopian genre (which includes positive and negative worlds), this book offers an in- depth account of the ways in which the most creative writers, filmmakers and thinkers have envisioned alternative worlds in which surveillance in various forms plays a key concern. Ranging from Thomas More's genre-defining Utopia to Spike Jones' provocative film Her, Imagining Surveillance explores the long history of surveillance in creative texts well before and after George Orwell's iconic Nineteen Eighty-Four. It fits that key novel into a 500 year narrative that includes some of the most provocative and inventive accounts of surveillance as it is and as it might be in the future. The book explains the sustained use of these works by surveillance scholars, but goes much further and deeper in explicating their brilliant and challenging diversity. With chapters on surveillance studies, surveillance in utopias before Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four itself, and utopian texts post-Orwell that deal with visibility, spaces, identity, technology and the shape of things to come, Imagining Surveillance sits firmly in the emerging cultural studies of surveillance.
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  • Imagining Surveillance

    Peter Marks

    Product Code: BAANE
    Hardback
    Critically assesses how literary and cinematic utopias and dystopias have imagined and evaluated surveillance. Imagining Surveillance presents the first full length study of the depiction and assessment of surveillance in literature and film. Focusing on the utopian genre (which includes positive and negative worlds), this book offers an in depth account of the ways in which the most creative writers, filmmakers and thinkers have envisioned alternative worlds in which surveillance in various forms plays a key concern. Ranging from Thomas More's genre defining Utopia to Spike Jones' provocative film Her, Imagining Surveillance explores the long history of surveillance in creative texts well before and after George Orwell's iconic Nineteen Eighty Four. It fits that key novel into a five hundred year narrative that includes some of the most provocative and inventive accounts of surveillance as it is and as it might be in the future. The book explains the sustained use of these works by surveillance scholars, but goes much further and deeper in explicating their brilliant and challenging diversity. With chapters on surveillance studies, surveillance in utopias before Orwell, Nineteen Eighty Four itself, and utopian texts post Orwell that deal with visibility, spaces, identity, technology and the shape of things to come, Imagining Surveillance sits firmly in the emerging cultural studies of surveillance. The first sustained account of the representation of surveillance in utopian and dystopian literature and film; charts surveillance's historical development and creative responses to that development; provides a detailed critical account of the ways that surveillance studies has utilised utopias to formulate its ideas and offers new readings of literary texts and films from More's Utopia through George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four to Margaret Atwood's Maddaddam trilogy and films from Fritz Lang's Metropolis to Niel Blomkamp's Elysium.
    • £70.00
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