Community in Contemporary British Fiction: From Blair to Brexit (Hardcover)

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Community in Contemporary British Fiction: From Blair to Brexit (Hardcover)

By Sara Upstone (Editor), Peter Ely (Editor)


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Examining how British writers are addressing the urgent matter of how we form and express group belonging in the 21st century, this book brings together a range of international scholars to explore the ongoing crises, developments and possibilities inherent in the task of representing community in the present. Including an extended critical introduction that positions the individual chapters in relation to broader conceptual questions, chapters combine close reading and engagement with the latest theories and concepts to engage with the complex regionalities of the United Kingdom, with representation of writers from all parts of the UK including Northern Ireland.

Including specific focus on the most challenging issues for community in the past five years, notably Brexit and the Covid-19 crisis, with a broader understanding of themes of local and national belonging, this book offers detailed discussions of writers including Ali Smith, Niall Griffiths, John McGregor, Max Porter, Amanda Craig, Bernadine Evaristo, Jonathan Coe, Bernie McGill, Jan Carson, Guy Gunaratne, Anthony Cartright, Barney Farmer, Maggie Gee and Sarah Hall.

Demonstrating some of the resources that literature can offer for a renewed understanding of community, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in how British Literature contributes to our understanding of society in both the past and present, and how such understanding can potentially help us to shape the future.
Sara Upstone is Professor of Contemporary Literature at Kingston University, London, UK. She has published three monographs, most recently Rethinking Race and Identity in Contemporary British Literature. She is also the co-editor of three edited collections, most recently Postmodern Literature and Race. Peter Ely is a writer and lecturer based in London, UK. His research works at the intersection of philosophy, critical theory and literature to examine the political potential of 'community' in contemporary British society. He is currently converting his PhD into a monograph entitled The Politics of Community in Contemporary British Literature.
Product Details ISBN: 9781350244023
ISBN-10: 1350244023
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: November 17th, 2022
Pages: 240
Language: English