End of Empire and the English Novel Since 1945 (Paperback)
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End of Empire and the English Novel Since 1945 (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages
Published: 01/07/2015
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Available in paperback for the first time, this first book-length study explores the history of postwar England during the end of empire through a reading of novels which appeared at the time, moving from George Orwell and William Golding to Penelope Lively, Alan Hollinghurst and Ian McEwan. Particular genres are also discussed, including the family saga, travel writing, detective fiction and popular romances.

All included reflect on the predicament of an England which no longer lies at the centre of imperial power, arriving at a fascinating diversity of conclusions about the meaning and consequences of the end of empire and the privileged location of the novel for discussing what decolonization meant for the domestic English population of the metropole.

The book is written in an easy style, unburdened by large sections of abstract reflection. It endeavours to bring alive in a new way the traditions of the English novel.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719097454
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 14 mm


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An exemplary synthesis of literary-historical rigour and stylistic attentiveness., David James, Review of English Studies|End of Empire unveils the ambivalent nature of post-imperial national identity, shedding a new light not on the empire as such but on its end, decline, and fall., Maria Ridda, University of Kent, College Literature, 3 October 2013 - .

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