An introduction to fiction in the English-speaking world during the period from 1970 to the present day. During this period, a sea change has transformed fiction in English, and this collection introduces the key developments as well as the works of some of the most important writers of the late 1990s. The book has an international scope, as it draws together the work of critics concerned with British, Irish, North American, African, Indian and Australasian writing. Thirteen scholars have combined forces to discuss a variety of texts, authors, themes and issues. Fictional works are discussed in relation to different historical, theoretical and political issues, including postmodernism, postcolonialism, ethnicity, gender and genre. The works of several major and sometimes notorious figures are introduced and skilfully analyzed, including those of Martin Amis, Samuel Beckett, William S. Burroughs, J. M. Coetzee, Don DeLillo, James Kelman, Ian McEwan, Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Muriel Spark, Graham Swift, Alice Walker, Alan Warner and Jeanette Winterson.