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Postwar British Literature and Postcolonial Studies

Graham MacPhee

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Places literary developments within an expanded conception of the legacy of imperialism and decolonisation

This radical reassessment shows how, after the Second World War, British national identity and culture was shaped in ways that still operate today. As empires declined, globalisation spread, and literature responded to these influences.

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About the Author

Graham MacPhee is Assistant Professor of English at West Chester University. He is the author of The Architecture of the Visible: Technology and Urban Visual Culture (Continuum, 2nd edn, 2007) and co-editor, with Prem Poddar, of Empire and After: Englishness in Postcolonial Perspective (Berghahn, 2007).


Graham MacPhee brilliantly follows the historical tracks of empire into the heartlands of post-war British literature, an area often assumed to be relatively untouched by colonial impacts and their contingent modernist entanglements. This timely and necessary study lays bare how colonial cultural legacies are everywhere palpable within this landscape.
- Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literature in English, University of Oxford

" an admirably lucid cultural materialist analysis of the period from the end of the Second World War to the present."

- Ashley Dawson, College of Staten Island, CUNY, College Literature 39.3
A very well researched, well argued, richly textured, and very rewarding read especially for students of colonial and postcolonial studies regardless of subject concentration.
- Baba G Jallow, Creighton University, Interventions 14:3
Postwar British Literature and Postcolonial Studies suggests many fruitful ways in which one can read the intersections between empire’s legacy and post-war British literature, opening up territory for future studies.
- Huw Marsh, Queen Mary, University of London, Postcolonial Text, Vol 8, No 1

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