Writing the 1926 General Strike: Literature, Culture, Politics (Hardback)
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Writing the 1926 General Strike: Literature, Culture, Politics (Hardback)

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Hardback 236 Pages / Published: 19/02/2015
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Charles Ferrall and Dougal McNeill's book analyses the vast literary response to the 1926 General Strike. The Strike not only drew writers into political action but inspired literature that served to shape twentieth-century British views of class, culture and politics. While major figures active at the time wrote on or responded to this crucial moment, this is the first volume to address their respective works. Ferrall and McNeill show how novels then in progress, such as Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse and D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover, were affected by the Strike, as well as the ways in which it has been remembered from the 1930s to the present. Their study sheds new light on the relationship between politics and literature of the modernist era.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107100039
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 470 g
Dimensions: 235 x 160 x 17 mm


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'This is an exemplary book which does exactly what it says on the tin ... an excellent work of literary analysis and an even better demonstration of the continuing richness of Marxist scholarship.' Bob Light, International Socialism
'... Writing the 1926 General Strike should be commended for the intricacy and persuasiveness of its arguments. Ferrall and McNeill succeed in the impressive task of making sense of a wealth of material while faithfully 'resist[ing] the temptation to homogenise, to press the wayward material of the writing of the General Strike into one stable story and moral fable' ... A reader of this work can be assured to come away with a much more subtle understanding of this seminal event, which has suffered the ignominy of transformation into 'one of the signifiers of a particular comforting narrative of Englishness and English history ...' Mika Vale, Critical Quarterly

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