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Analysing David Peace

Editor(s): Katy Shaw
Contributors: Dr. P S Maguire, Daniel Lea, Garry Whannel, Jarrad Keyes, Katy Shaw;

Book Description

Analysing David Peace provides an exciting, challenging and accessible critical introduction to the work of contemporary British novelist David Peace. Through a detailed analysis of his writings, as well as the socio-cultural contexts of their production and dissemination, the collection explores Peace’s attempts to capture the sensibilities of late twentieth century society and contributes to an ongoing debate in the media about his representations.

Peace is an emerging author who is widely read and taught and whose novels are increasingly celebrated. In the past decade Peace has won the James Tait Black Memorial Award and was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. The four novels of his Red Riding Quartet interrogate British society of the 1970s/80s through the prism of the hunt for the serial killer dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper. GB84 examines the machinations of the 1984–5 UK miners’ strike, while The Damned United explores relationships between masculinity and football through the doomed reign of manager Brian Clough at British football club Leeds United in 1974. In the Tokyo Trilogy, Peace develops an interest in occupation and the occult, interrogating Japan’s post-war legacy of defeat and its resonance to our contemporary world. This collection offers an essential guide to the work of David Peace, as well as a unique insight into his canon to date.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2990-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2990-0
Date of Publication: 01/08/2011
Pages / Size: 155 / A5
Price: £34.99


Katy Shaw is Senior Lecturer in Literature at the University of Brighton. She is the foremost expert on David Peace and a leading researcher in literature of the 1984–5 UK miners’ strike. Shaw specializes in working class literature, literatures of post-industrial regeneration and the contemporary British novel. Her monograph David Peace: Texts and Contexts was the first critical text published on the author, while her journal articles and book chapters have positioned her as a key figure in the field. She is the founder and editor of C21 Literature: Journal of Twenty-First Century Writings.