What is British Literature Now?

Shaw, Kristian (2022) What is British Literature Now? In: Cambridge Themes in British Literature and Culture: The Nation. Cambridge University Press. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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Irish writers in the modern era have often been quite emphatic in rejecting the descriptor 'British'. An exemplary instance is Seamus Heaney's objection to his work being included in The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry: 'No glass of ours was ever raised / To toast The Queen.' At the same time, however, Irish writers have won (and have accepted) the Booker prize many times, even in the period before it was expanded to include a wider range of nationalities. This set of ambiguities will be teased out in relation to writers from across these islands. One thinks, for instance, of Liz Lochhead, a republican Scottish nationalist who nevertheless has accepted the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Particular attention will likely be paid to those writers who can be seen as cutting across national identities in some way (for example: Martin MacDonagh, Eimear McBride and Sara Baume, all of whom are typically seen as Irish writers, though all three were in fact born in England). A significant question to be addressed here might be: is there still something we can usefully think of as British literature now?

Keywords:British Literature, Contemporary literature
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:49175
Deposited On:06 May 2022 10:22

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