Culture Wars in British Literature: Multiculturalism and National Identity
The past century’s culture wars that Britain has been consumed by, but that few North Americans seem aware of, have resulted in revised notions of Britishness and British literature. Yet literary anthologies remain anchored to an archaic Anglo-English interpretation of British literature. Conflicts have been played out over specific national vs. British identity (some residents prefer to describe themselves as being from Scotland, England, Wales, or Northern Ireland instead of Britain), in debates over immigration, race, ethnicity, class, and gender, and in arguments over British literature. These debates are strikingly detailed in such chapters as: “The Difficulty Defining ‘Black British’,” “British Jewish Writers” and “Xenophobia and the Booker Prize.” Connections are also drawn between civil rights movements in the U.S. and UK. This generalist cultural study is a lively read and a fascinating glimpse into Britain’s changing identity as reflected in 20th and 21st century British literature.
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Foreword by Thomas C Caramagno
Mind the Gap
Literary Reactions to Britains Changed Empire
Chapter Two The Difficulty Defining British Literature
Chapter Three The Difficulty Defining Black British
Class Issues in Contemporary British Literature
Chapter Five British Jewish Writers
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