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:

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This chapter discusses some representations of nation and ethnicity, beginning with an account of the reactions that surrounded Howard Brenton's play, The Romans in Britain, and then identifies the components of the national conjuncture and tries to determine whether a literary work can cover a nation. It also examines other techniques used by writers who wanted to document the condition of England in the 1980s, Black British and Asian fiction and poetry, and writers who self-consciously set themselves outside ethnic groupings.

Keywords: nation; ethnicity; Howard Brenton; national conjuncture; Black British fiction; Asian fiction; fiction and poetry; ethnic groupings

Chapter.  14957 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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