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Literature of the 1980s: After the Watershed

Volume 9

Joseph Brooker

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Provides a vibrant account of the diverse literature from a decade which left Britain a very different place

Joseph Brooker relates developments in fiction, poetry and drama to social change – from the new generation of London novelists such as Martin Amis and Ian McEwan to the impact of feminism in the fiction of Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson. Brooker also considers Black British writers and the fate of working-class writing in the age of Thatcherism. Literature of the 1980s provides a vibrant account of the diversity of writing from a decade which left Britain a very different place.

Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
General Editor's Preface
Introduction: After the Watershed
1. Generations
2. Disaffections
3. Modes
4. Belongings
5. Commitments
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index.

About the Author

Joseph Brooker teaches English at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of Joyce's Critics (2004) and Flann O'Brien (2005), and has co-edited issues of Journal of Law & Society and New Formations. He has written numerous articles on the modern literature of Britain, Ireland and the United States.

Reviews

"Brooker offers an engaged and critical analysis of some of the central literary works and preoccupations of the decade..."

- Years Work in English Studies, vol 91, no 1, 2012

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