Literary Politics The Politics of Literature and the Literature of Politics

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-10-21
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Author Biography

Deborah Philips is Professor of Literature and Cultural History at the University of Brighton, UK. She has published on feminist theory, post war fiction and popular culture. Her books include Fairground Attractions: A genealogy of the pleasure ground (2012), Writing Romance: Women's Fiction 1945-2005 ( 2006), with Garry Whannel The Trojan Horse: the growth of commercial sponsorship ( 2013), with Ian Haywood, Brave New Causes (1998), and with Liz Linnington and Debra Penman Writing Well: Creative Writing and Mental Health (1999).

Katy Shaw is a leading authority on the literature of the 1984-85 UK miner's strike and twenty first century writings. Her research interests include contemporary literature, especially working class literature, cultural representations of post-industrial regeneration and the languages of comedy. She is editor of C21 Literature: Journal of 21st Century Writing and Director of the C21 Centre for research at the University of Brighton. She is the author of Mining the Meaning: Cultural representations of the 1984-85 UK miner's strike (2012), David Peace: Texts and Contexts (2011), and the editor of Analysing David Peace (2011). She is currently completing a monograph Hauntology A Critical Introduction.

Table of Contents


Notes on the Contributors

Introduction: The Politics of Literature and the Literature of Politics; Deborah Philips
1. Literature and Politics; Stuart Laing
2. Shakespeare v The BNP; Adam Hansen
3. Roaring Boys and Weeping Men: Radical Masculinity in Webster's The Duchess of Malfi; Kate Aughterson
4. Having the last word: World War I fictions as counter-narratives; Zacharoula Christopoulou
5. 'Show an Affirming Flame': writers and readers in modern dark times; Rosalind Brunt
6. Literature, Politics And History; Paddy Maguire
7. The Politics of Nostalgia in the Rural English Novel; Dominic Head
8. (Re)Writing the 1984-5 UK Miners' Strike; Katy Shaw
9. Can the environment be saved? Post-apocalyptic children's novels of the 1980s; Dave Simpson
10. The politics of enhancement: the last days of the English Subject Centre; Ben Knights



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