Introduction: After the Watershed

Joseph Brooker

in Literature of the 1980s: After the Watershed

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748633944
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651818 | DOI:
Introduction: After the Watershed

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This introductory chapter discusses British literature during the 1980s. It first looks at Thatcherism, which interacts with and inflects various other stories, including that of publishing and the story of feminism and gender relations during the 1980s. This is followed by a section of Margaret Thatcher and the New Right, which describes the social and political conditions of the period. The chapter then views Thatcherism's deployment of rhetoric of tradition, firm governance, national identity and security, and tradition, and also considers the contradictions of Thatcherism, cultural turns, and value industries.

Keywords: British literature; Thatcherism; Margaret Thatcher; New Right; political conditions; rhetoric; cultural turns; value industries; contradictions

Chapter.  14212 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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