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IAS Book Launch: Metafiction and the Postwar Novel

02 July 2021, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm

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We are delighted to launch 'Metafiction and the Postwar Novel: Foes, Ghosts, and Faces in the Water' by Dr Andrew Dean (Deakin University and former IAS Junior Research Fellow).

This event is free.

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Why and how do writers write about writing? Andrew Dean’s book Metafiction and the Postwar Novel examines self-reflexivity in the form of the novel after 1945. He examines the work of three major career authors, J. M. Coetzee, Janet Frame, and Philip Roth. Drawing on archive work across multiple countries, and a range of new and previously unpublished material, Metafiction and the Postwar Novel shows how writers turn inwards in order to address issues in culture, politics, and their own public receptions. The book shows the intimate emergence and potential value of this seemingly abstract ‘postmodern’ kind of writing.

The event will feature short responses from Julia Jordan (UCL), Alys Moody (Bard College), and Nicholas Wright (University of Canterbury, NZ). It will be chaired by Patrick Hayes (Oxford). Following the responses there will be an audience Q&A.

This book is published by Oxford University Press.

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About the Speaker

Dr Andrew Dean

Lecturer in Writing and Literature at Deakin University

Andrew Dean is Lecturer in Writing and Literature at Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Australia. His research has focused on post-Second World War global metafiction, colonialism and postcolonialism, and comedy.

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