Brexit is a political, economic and administrative event: and it is a cultural one, too. In Brexit and Literature, Robert Eaglestone brings together a diverse range of literary scholars, writers and poets to respond to this aspect of Brexit. The discipline of ‘English’, as the very name suggests, is concerned with cultural and national identity: literary studies has always addressed ideas of nationalism and the wider political process. With the ramifications of Brexit expected to last for decades to come, Brexit and Literature offers the first academic study of its impact on and through the humanities. Including a preface from Baroness Young of Hornsey, Brexit and Literature is a bold and unapologetic volume, focusing on the immediate effects of the divisive referendum while meditating on its long-term impact.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Brexit and Literature, Robert Eaglestone 1. The Banality of Brexit, Lyndsey Stonebridge 2. BrexLit, Kristian Shaw 3. Autumn After the Referendum, Petra Rau 4. Do Novels Tell Us How to Vote? Sara Upstone 5. Poetry and Brexit, Anne Varty 6. English Literature saved my life, Bryan Cheyette 7. Migrant Britain, Ankhi Mukherjee 8. Scratching the Post-Imperial Itch, Anshuman Mondal 9. Cruel nostalgia and the Memory of the Second World War, Robert Eaglestone 10. Brexit and the aesthetics of anachronism, Michael Gardiner 11. Fake news literary criticism, J. A. Smith 12. The Psychopolitics of Brexit, Martin Murray 13. Brexit and the Imagination, Gabriel Josipovici 14. The Lost Nomad of Europe, Eva Aldea 15. Researching Britain and Europe, then and now, Ann-Marie Einhaus 16. Brexit and the German Question, Simon Glendenning 17. Brexit: thinking and resistance, Thomas Docherty Epilogue: The Immigrant at Port Selda, George Szirtes
Robert Eaglestone is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published widely on contemporary fiction and philosophy and on the Holocaust and other genocides. He is the author of the best-selling textbook Doing English (4th edn, Routledge, 2017) , The Broken Voice (2017), and in 2014 was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.