The Oxford English Literary History
1948-2000 - The Internationalization of English Literature
By (author) Bruce King
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Oxford English Literary History by Bruce King
Book DescriptionIn the future, what will 'English Literary History' mean? A literary history of England, or one with much looser boundaries, defined only by a communality of language, not by location or history? In this, the latest volume in the Oxford English Literary History, Bruce King discusses the literature written by those who have chosen to make England their home since 1948. With decolonization following World War II, and the growth of large immigrant communities in England, came a wave of colonial, postcolonial, and immigrant writers whose entry onto the British cultural landscape forces us to consider what it is to be British, English, or national now that England is multiracial and part of a global economy. King addresses these new trends in English literature and the questions they raise in the first wide-ranging and comprehensive account of immigrant literature set in a social context. Ranging through Black and Asian British prose, poetry and drama, and writers including V. S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Hanif Kureishi, and Zadie Smith, King reveals the development of the literature from writing about immigration to becoming English. Now that the literature of England includes Sri Lankans, Egyptians, and British Nigerians, does this mean that we can no longer talk of the English nation as a cultural unit? King concludes persuasively that it does not. We have not seen the demise of national cultures, but rather, a new, accomplished, and socially significant body of writing in England is influenced by the interaction between foreign cultures and British traditions. This bold and challenging account of British culture will shape debate for future generations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198184287
(224mm x 145mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 26-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Bruce King
Bruce King has taught at universities in England, Scotland, Canada, Nigeria, New Zealand, and other countries. His publications include New English Literatures: Cultural Nationalism in a Changing World, Modern Indian Poetry in English, Three Indian Poets, V. S. Naipaul, Derek Walcott, and West Indian Drama. He has also edited many books of original essays, including Introduction to Nigerian Literature, West-Indian Literature, The Commonwealth Novel Since 1960, Post-Colonial Drama, and New Centres of Consciousness.
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