The War Against Cliche

Is there anything that Martin Amis can’t write about?

Author: Martin Amis

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9781101910252

Category: Literary Collections

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Is there anything that Martin Amis can’t write about? In this virtuosic, career-spanning collection he takes on James Joyce and Elvis Presley, Nabokov and English football, Jane Austen and Penthouse Forum, William Burroughs and Hillary Clinton. But above all, Amis is concerned with literature, and with the deadly cliches–not only of the pen, but of the mind and the heart. In The War Against Cliché, Amis serves up fresh assessments of the classics and plucks neglected masterpieces off their dusty shelves. He tilts with Cervantes, Dickens and Milton, celebrates Bellow, Updike and Elmore Leonard, and deflates some of the most bloated reputations of the past three decades. On every page Amis writes with jaw-dropping felicity, wit, and a subversive brilliance that sheds new light on everything he touches.
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Father and Son

Reprinted in The War against Cliche, p/$-2j. "Found in Jerusalem." Review of The Counterlife, by Philip Roth. Atlantic Monthly, February 1987. Reprinted in The War against Cliche, 289-93. "Jane's World." New Yorker, 8 January 1996, ...

Author: Gavin Keulks

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299192143

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 328

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An innovative study of two of England’s most popular, controversial, and influential writers, Father and Son breaks new ground in examining the relationship between Kingsley Amis and his son, Martin Amis. Through intertextual readings of their essays and novels, Gavin Keulks examines how the Amises’ work negotiated the boundaries of their personal relationship while claiming territory in the literary debate between mimesis and modernist aesthetics. Theirs was a battle over the nature of reality itself, a twentieth-century realism war conducted by loving family members and rival, antithetical writers. Keulks argues that the Amises’ relationship functioned as a source of literary inspiration and that their work illuminates many of the structural and stylistic shifts that have characterized the British novel since 1950.
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The New Atheist Novel

... that this is in fact the ideological claim par excellence: 'for it is always the other who stoops to ideology'.6 If the war against cliché is harmless enough when its principal target is merely the baroque pulp of Thomas Harris (pp.

Author: Arthur Bradley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441157928

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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The New Atheist Novel is the first study of a major new genre of contemporary fiction. It examines how Richard Dawkins's so-called 'New Atheism' movement has caught the imagination of four eminent modern novelists: Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie and Philip Pullman. For McEwan and his contemporaries, the contemporary novel represents a new front in the ideological war against religion, religious fundamentalism and, after 9/11, religious terror: the novel apparently stands for everything - freedom, individuality, rationality and even a secular experience of the transcendental - that religion seeks to overthrow. In this book, Bradley and Tate offer a genealogy of the New Atheist Novel: where it comes from, what needs it serves and, most importantly, where it may go in the future. What is it? How does it dramatise the war between belief and non-belief? To what extent does it represent a genuine ideological alternative to the religious imaginary or does it merely repeat it in secularised form? This fascinating study offers an incisive critique of this contemporary testament of literary belief and unbelief.
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Sovereignty Statehood and State Responsibility

He goes on: 'When I dispraise, I am usually quoting clichés. When Ipraise, Iam usually opposed qualities of freshness, quoting the energy, and reverberation of voice.'1 Amis is a justly respected leader in the war against cliché.

Author: Christine Chinkin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316218099

Category: Law


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This collection of essays focusses on the following concepts: sovereignty (the unique, intangible and yet essential characteristic of states), statehood (what it means to be a state, and the process of acquiring or losing statehood) and state responsibility (the legal component of what being a state entails). The unifying theme is that they have always been and will in the future continue to form a crucial part of the foundations of public international law. While many publications focus on new actors in international law such as international organisations, individuals, companies, NGOs and even humanity as a whole, this book offers a timely, thought-provoking and innovative reappraisal of the core actors on the international stage: states. It includes reflections on the interactions between states and non-state actors and on how increasing participation by and recognition of the latter within international law has impacted upon the role and attributes of statehood.
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Better Criticism

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Author: Chris Tookey

Publisher: Arena books

ISBN: 9781911593164

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 338

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An analysis of literary and film criticism as it exists today and the decline of critical standards and an appeal for restoring them.
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The Animal Fable in Science Fiction and Fantasy

The War Against Cliché: Essays and Reviews 1971–2000. London: Vintage Books, 2001. _____. “Nabokov: His Life in Part by Andrew Field.” Observer, August 1977. The War Against Cliché: Essays and Reviews 1971–2000.

Author: Bruce Shaw

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786455980

Category: Literary Criticism

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Though animal stories and fables stretch back into the antiquity of ancient India, Persia, Greece and Rome, the reasons for writing them and their resonance for readers (and listeners) remain consistent to the present. This work argues that they were essential sources of amusement and instruction—and were also often profoundly unsettling. Such authors in the realm of the animal fable as Tolkien, Freud, Voltaire, Bakhtin, Cordwainer Smith, Karel Čapek, Vladimir Propp, and many more are discussed.
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Incredible Modernism

It was, indeed, common for the literary reviews to take on this role of puncturing bombast and demonetizing cant phrases, ... in a word cliché in all its tedious and detestable forms.28 The figurative modernist war against cliché, ...

Author: John Attridge

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317117551

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 258

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With the twentieth century came a new awareness of just how much an individual was obliged to accept on trust, and this heightened awareness of social trust in turn prompted new kinds of anxiety about fraudulence and deception. Beginning with the premise that the traditional liberal concept of trust as a ’bond of society’ entered a period of crisis around the turn of the twentieth century, this collection examines the profound influence of this shift on a wide range of modernist writers, including James Joyce, Marcel Proust, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis, H.D., Ford Madox Ford, Samuel Beckett, Ralph Ellison and Wallace Stevens. In examining the importance of trust and fraudulence during the period, the contributors take up a diverse set of topics related to reception, the institutions of modernism, the history of authorship, the nature of representation, authenticity, genre, social order and politics. Taken as a whole, Incredible Modernism provides concrete historical coordinates for the study of twentieth-century trust, while also arguing that a problem of trust is central to the institutions and formal innovations of modernism itself.
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Novel Style

Martin Amis, The War Against Cliché. Essays and Reviews 1971–2000 ... 110); and when Amis Jr writes, cynically, that 'Burgess cares about his prose and works hard on it' (War Against Cliché, p. 115), there is an obvious resonance with ...

Author: Ben Masters

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198766148

Category: Literary Criticism

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We live in a time of linguistic plainness. This is the age of the tweet and the internet meme; the soundbite, the status, the slogan. Everything reduced to its most basic components. Stripped back. Pared down. Even in the world of literature, where we might hope to find some linguistic luxury,we are flirting with a recessionary mood. Big books abound, but rhetorical largesse at the level of the sentence is a shrinking economy. There is a prevailing minimalist sensibility in the twenty-first century.Novel Style is driven by a conviction that elaborate writing opens up unique ways of thinking; crucial and enriching ways that are endangered when expression is reduced to its leanest possible forms. By re-examining the works of frequently misunderstood English stylists of the late twentieth century(Anthony Burgess, Angela Carter, Martin Amis), as well as a newer generation of twenty-first-century stylists (Zadie Smith, Nicola Barker, David Mitchell), Ben Masters argues for the ethical power of stylistic flamboyance in fiction and demonstrates how being a stylist and an ethicist are one andthe same thing. A passionate championing of elaborate writing and close reading, Novel Style illuminates what it means to have style and how style can change us.
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Amis Son

93-4. 13 Ibid., p. 97. 14 Ibid., pp. 46-7. 15 Ibid., p. 124. 16 Ibid., p. 163. 17 Ibid., p. 73. 18 Ibid., p. 176. 19 T. S. Eliot, Collected Poems, p. 17. 20 The War Against Cliche, p. 204. 21 The Rachel Papers, p. 211. 22 Experience, p.

Author: Neil Powell

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9780330539241

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Two of the most successful British novelists of the last fifty years, Kingsley and Martin Amis are both known for their savage wit and their indifference to causing controversy. In his critical biography, Neil Powell looks at the careers of these two very divisive, and hugely talented writers: how they were formed by their upbringings, developed as writers and in turn how they affected literature, and each other. He examines how success (which is the title of one of Martin Amis's novels) affected their relationship, and themselves as writers (Kingsley: "Martin's spending a year abroad for tax purposes. 29, he is. Little shit."). Through this we see what it has meant to be a man, and a writer, (and, most importantly, a comic writer) in Britain over the last sixty years, following Kinglsey from jazz-loving iconoclast to Thatcher-loving Tory and Martin from wild young man of letters to God knows what.
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