LUCKY JIM – KINGSLEY AMIS AS THE MASTER OF PERIPHERAL CHARACTERS

Wojciech Klepuszewski

Wydział Humanistyczny Politechnika Koszalińska



Abstrakt

Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim is a classic novel, popular both with readers and critics.
It has been in print ever since the date of its first publication, 1954, and still attracts
critical attention. Most criticism concerning Lucky Jim focuses on the academic milieu
it delineates and its main representatives, Jim Dixon and Professor Welch. However,
a discerning reader will immediately notice that Amis’s novel is crowded with marginal
characters, whose presence contributes immensely to Amis’s masterpiece. The aim of this
article is to revisit Lucky Jim in order to focus on a number of background characters
and give more prominence to their role in the novel.


Słowa kluczowe:

Kingsley Amis, fiction, Lucky Jim, characters

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Klepuszewski, W. (2016). LUCKY JIM – KINGSLEY AMIS AS THE MASTER OF PERIPHERAL CHARACTERS. Acta Neophilologica, 2(XVIII), 149–159. Pobrano z https://czasopisma.uwm.edu.pl/index.php/an/article/view/701

Wojciech Klepuszewski 
Wydział Humanistyczny Politechnika Koszalińska