Selected Critical Essays and Analysis:


“'The project is to become an American novelist': Martin Amis’s special relationship with the United States," by Richard Martin (2004; Word file). [site manager's note: Richard Martin is a postgraduate student at University College London, studying for a Master's degree in English. He wrote this essay under the supervision of Professor John Sutherland, and he welcomes comments].

bullet Nothing will come of nothing’: Negotiating the postmodern in Martin Amis’ Night Train, by Will Norman (2003)
bullet "The Amises on Realism and Postmodernism: Stanley and the Women  and Money: A Suicide Note." Chapter 5 from Father and Son: Kingsley Amis, Martin Amis, and the British Novel Since 1950 by Gavin Keulks, forthcoming from the University of Wisconsin Press (2003).
bullet "Tracing Time's Arrow." An exerpt from chapter 4 of Understanding Martin Amis (1995).
bullet "Notes from the Urban Underground: Money." James Diedrick, from Understanding Martin Amis (1995).

"Narrative and Narrated Homicide in Martin Amis's Other People and London Fields." Brian Finney, California State University, Long Beach. Reprinted by permission; originally published in Critique 37 (1995): 3-15.

bullet "The Artist Manqué: Nabokovian Techniques in Money." Matthew Dessem, Williams College (December 1997).
bullet Will Self talks about his life, his career, and Martin Amis with Chris Mitchell of Spike.
bullet "The Strange Significance of Names in Fiction and Film" (contains brief discussion of Money). Chris Hall, WAITING FOR GO.DOT.
bullet "Narrative Reversals and the Thermodynamics of History in Martin Amis's Time's Arrow." A précis by Richard Menke of his essay from the Winter 1998 issue of Modern Fiction Studies, pp. 959-977. (If you have access to a library with a subscription to Project Muse, you can read the full e-text of the essay by clicking the title above. If not, most good academic libraries subscribe to the journal).
bullet "Like Father Like Son? The Fiction of Kingsley and Martin Amis," by Stuar Kerr (August 1998).
bullet "A Dialogue on Night Train," by Robert Martinez and Nick Shuit (November 1998).
bullet The Satirical Theater of the Female Body: The Role of Women in Martin Amis’s The Rachel Papers, Dead Babies, and Money: A Suicide Note, by Robert Martinez (December 1998).

"What's Amis in Contemporary British Fiction? Martin Amis's Money and Time's Arrow, by Brian Finney (1999).

bullet "Heaviosity." A discussion of Heavy Water gleaned from the Amis Discussion Web (1998-99).
bullet "Amis Gets Mapped"--Martin Rowson creates an Amis neighborhood in his "Modern London" map in Granta 65 (1999).
bullet "Amis/Scatology." La Squab cartoon by David Britton & Kris Guidio. [From the Savoy Pictures web site: "La Squab, Britton & Guidio's heroine of numerous three-panel adventures (first seen in Meng's Daughter), takes six inches of cold steel to the sick and wretched world of English Letters (art by Kris Guidio"). To find out more about David Britton, Kris Guido, and Savoy, click here].
bullet The Booker Prize. Three linked pages on Britain's most prestigious literary award, including information on the shortlisting of Time's Arrow.
bullet "The Reader in London Fields." An In-Depth Analysis of London Fields, Emphasising the Play Between Text and Reader and the Consequent Implications for Narrative Authority"
Authors: Bo A. Græsborg and Thorbjørn Lind.
Masters thesis at Aalborg University, Denmark, March 3rd, 2000.
bullet "Allegory and Allegoresis in Money" (originally published 1993; republished on The Martin Ams Web by permission of the author). Tamás Bényei, who teaches at the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary, has published four books, one of them in English (Figure and Narrative in Postwar British Fiction, Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1999). In this essay he analyzes the allegorical impulse in Money
bullet Martin, Karl and Maggie Too: Political Discourse in Martin Amis's Other People, by Stephen Jones, Department of English Studies, University of Strathclyde [Note: Adobe Acrobat is required to read this pdf file; download Acrobat here].
bullet "Blame it on Amis, Barnes & McEwan." Jason Cowley of the New Statesman evaluates Dale Peck's recent attack on British fiction: "Reviewing Julian Barnes's feeble Love, Etc in the New Republic, Peck suggested that the elite of British fiction - Barnes, McEwan, Amis, Rushdie and so on - had systematically 'ruined' the British novel. 'The idea that Julian Barnes is the successor to Sterne is nearly as unbearable as the idea that Margaret Drabble is George Eliot's heir,' he wrote. 'And how has Fielding been watered down into A S Byatt and Defoe bastardised into Jeanette Winterson.' As for Ian McEwan: 'His novels smell worse than the newspaper wrapped around old fish.' Zadie Smith? 'Too Oxbridge'" (4 June 2001).
bullet "Erotic Triangles in Amis and Barnes: Negotiations of Patriarchal Power." Erica Hateley analyzes the exent to which the relationships in Success and Talking it Over represent women as "potentially disposable tools for the negotiation of patriarchal power." (this paper was presented at an Australian postgraduate conference in 1999).
bullet Erica Hateley is a graduate student at Monash University. She recently completed her Masters thesis entitled "Julian Barnes: Interrogating the Grand Narrative" and is about to commence her doctoral thesis investigating twentieth-century reworkings of Macbeth. 






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Allegory in Money
Homicide--part 1
Like Father . . .
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