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British Literature in Transition, 1980–2000
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Peter Boxall, Dougal McNeill, Luke Roberts, Nadine Holdsworth, Eileen Pollard, Berthold Schoene, Henghameh Saroukhani, Nick Bentley, Phil O'Brien, James Underwood, Richard Kirkland, Carla Sassi, Diana Wallace, Imelda Whelehan, Allan Johnson, Andrew Tate, Alexander Beaumont, Anna McFarlane, John Parham, Caroline Edwards, Philip Leonard
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  • Date Published: December 2018
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  • The literature of twentieth-century Britain's final twenty years represents a crash course in transitional history. In the aftermath of the 1970s, the nation's hopes of becoming more efficient were high, leading to the fundamental domestic shake-up that was Margaret Thatcher's neoliberal revolution (1979–90). Following the end of the Cold War, Europe was undergoing radical rejuvenation, while the world as a whole began to thrive on new levels of connectivity and proximity brought through rapid advances in communication technology. Later, in the 1990s, Britons were asked to countenance not only internal devolution, but also the crystallisation of a brand-new European and global order. This volume shows how British literature recorded contemporaneous historical change. It traces the emergence and evolution of literary trends as well as enduring transitional shifts in genre, tone, style and thematic preoccupation.

    • Explores the period through the lenses of class, gender, sexuality, nationality, race and ethnicity
    • Provides an overview of the key events and context of the time
    • Introduces relevant contemporary moments and/or movements within each section which are then explored in the chapters of that section
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    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108651585
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Transitions:
    1. The ends of postmodernism Peter Boxall
    2. Historical fiction and political regeneration Dougal McNeill
    3. Strategies of survival in experimental poetry Luke Roberts
    4. Dramatic evolutions/bodily violations Nadine Holdsworth
    5. No such thing as society: the novel under neoliberalism Eileen Pollard and Berthold Schoene
    Part II. Nation:
    6. Black British writing: from gulags to ships Henghameh Saroukhani
    7. Working-class writing and the decline of class consciousness Nick Bentley
    8. Northern radical theatre and community performance Phil O'Brien
    9. 'Pit closure as art': poetry from the North of England James Underwood
    10. The road to Tollund: Northern Ireland's literature of transformation Richard Kirkland
    11. Entangled (k)nots: reconceptualizing the nation in Scottish devolution writing Carla Sassi
    Part III. Society:
    12. Inter-feminism/s: women writing back to the future Diana Wallace
    13. The rise of ladlit and chicklit Imelda Whelehan
    14. 'A gay story, a history': gay male liberation and queer rumination Allan Johnson
    15. 'Searching for something': the post-secular faiths of British fiction Andrew Tate
    16. Dystopia and euphoria: time-space compression and the city Alexander Beaumont
    Part IV. Acceleration:
    17. Coded networks: literature and the information technology revolution Anna McFarlane
    18. Nature's history: environmentalism and the British nature novel John Parham
    19. Like any other commodity? Literary prize culture, commercialisation, and the rise of a new reading public Caroline Edwards
    20. Making sense of the world: literature and globalisation Philip Leonard.

  • Editors

    Eileen Pollard, University of Chester
    Eileen Pollard is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Chester. Her interview with Hilary Mantel was published by Textual Practice in 2015 and she is co-editor of the forthcoming collection of essays Hilary Mantel: Contemporary Critical Perspectives.

    Berthold Schoene, Manchester Metropolitan University
    Berthold Schoene is Professor of English and Faculty Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange for Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University. His books include The Making of Orcadia (1995), Writing Men (2000), Posting the Male (2003), The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature (2007), The Cosmopolitan Novel (2009) and The Edinburgh Companion to Irvine Welsh (2010). He has co-edited special journal issues on 'Texting Obama: Politics, Poetics, Popular Culture' for Comparative American Studies (2012) and 'Cosmopolitanism as Critical and Creative Practice' for the Open University's Open Arts Journal (2013).

    Contributors

    Peter Boxall, Dougal McNeill, Luke Roberts, Nadine Holdsworth, Eileen Pollard, Berthold Schoene, Henghameh Saroukhani, Nick Bentley, Phil O'Brien, James Underwood, Richard Kirkland, Carla Sassi, Diana Wallace, Imelda Whelehan, Allan Johnson, Andrew Tate, Alexander Beaumont, Anna McFarlane, John Parham, Caroline Edwards, Philip Leonard

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