By applying recent trends in literary and language theory to a range of 20th-century fiction, the contributors to this text make new theoretical insights available to student readers. The analytical and interpretive strategies examined in this book are presented in such a way as to facilitate critical reading and evaluation. The essays, which are arranged into three groups and which focus on the textual level, narrative and context, look at a wide range of 20th-century authors including Fowles, Forster, Lessing and Woolf. In addition, this student-friendly text includes a subject index, a full glossary and suggestions for further reading. The book is designed for beginning students of English language and literature and applied linguistics, and advanced students of English as a foreign or second language.