Michel Faber: Critical Essays
Edited by Rebecca Langworthy, Kristin Lindfield-Ott and Jim MacPherson
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Product details08 Dec 2020
ISBN 9781780240961 (Paperback)
214 pp., Free UK Shipping
ISBN 9781780240985 (EPUB)
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This collection of essays provides the first substantial academic study of Faber's body of work from an international range of scholars many of whom include Faber's work in both their research and teaching.
This collected volume offers a fittingly sensitive, creative and diverse range of responses to the complexities of Michel Faber's writings. The essays that make up the collection cover many aspects of Faber's work, including the limits of genre, human/animal relations, gender, language, time and the representation of reality itself. Correspondingly, the volume provides numerous frames and contexts through which to read Michel Faber, offering a substantial insight into the work of this important contemporary writer. --Ben Davies, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Portsmouth
This is a welcome new volume in the Gylphi Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays series. Its coverage of Faber's eclectic and powerful oeuvre is wide-ranging and strong, with the essays deploying a refreshing variety of methodological approaches to his work, and foregrounding a range of voices. It will be an important and useful foundational critical text on the work of this deeply thoughtful and highly skilled contemporary writer. --Sarah Dillon, Lecturer in Literature and Film, University of Cambridge
List of Figures
Introduction: Defying Genre
Rebecca Langworthy, Kristin Lindfield-Ott and Jim MacPherson
‘House full of mouses’: Genre, Language, and Creaturely Ethics
Timothy C. Baker
Eating Men Is Wrong: Empathy, Femininity and the Abject in Under the Skin
A Walk into Nature: Self and Nature in the Work of Michel Faber
‘Nothing had changed’: The Representation of Reality in Michel Faber’s ‘Fish’
The Book of Strange New Things: Letters, Delay and Experiences of Time
Echoes of Poe – Absence and the Uncanny in ‘The Fahrenheit Twins’ and The Courage Consort
‘In Separate Time’ after The Book of Strange New Things
A Compassionate Fictional Universe: Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things and the Art of the Creative Response
Double Vision: Adapting Michel Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White
‘Branches of Gothic Complication’: Reading the Gothic in Michel Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White
Under the Coats of Skins: ‘Flesh Remains Flesh’ and Under the Skin as an Introduction to Gregory of Nazianzus’s Anthropology
Oliver B. Langworthy
Notes on Contributors