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British Culture of the Post-War
An Introduction to Literature and Society 1945-1999

ISBN 9780415128117
Published April 10, 2001 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

From Angus Wilson to Pat Barker and Salman Rushdie, British Culture of the Post-War is an ideal starting point for those studying cultural developments in Britain of recent years. Chapters on individual people and art forms give a clear and concise overview of the progression of different genres. They also discuss the wider issues of Britain's relationship with America and Europe, and the idea of Britishness.
Each section is introduced with a short discussion of the major historical events of the period. Read as a whole, British Culture of the Postwar will give students a comprehensive introduction to this turbulent and exciting period, and a greater understanding of the cultural production arising from it.

Table of Contents

Introduction. From Imperial to Post-imperial Britain. Disunited Kingdom: Irish Scottish and Welsh Writing in the Post-War Period. Migration and Mutability: The Twice Born Fiction of Salman Rushdie. From Welfare State to Free-Market. After Feminism: Pat Barker, Penelope Lively and the Contemporary Novel. Culture, Consensus and Difference. Britain, Europe and Americanisation. A Cinema In Between: Post-War British Cinema. Faltering at the Line: Auden and Post-War British Culture. Culture, Consumption and Cultural Institutions. Art in Post-war Britain: A Short History of the ICA. Drama in the Culture Industry: British Theatre After 1945. Resting on Laurels.

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Alistair Davies teaches literature and film at the University of Sussex. He has published widely on British modernism, modernist poetics and contemporary literature.
Alan Sinfield is professor of English at the University of Sussex. His recent publications include Literature, politics and Culture in Postwar Britiain (1997) and Out on Stage (1999).