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- DescriptionThis first book-length study explores the history of postwar England during the end of empire through a reading of vels which appeared at the time, moving from George Orwell and William Golding to Penelope Lively, Alan Hollinghurst and Ian McEwan. Particular genres are also discussed, including the family saga, travel writing, detective fiction and popular romances. All included reflect on the predicament of an England which longer lies at the centre of imperial power, arriving at a fascinating diversity of conclusions about the meaning and consequences of the end of empire and the priveleged location of the vel for discussing what decolonization meant for the domestic English population of the metropole. The book is written in an easy style, unburdened by large sections of abstract reflection. It endeavours to bring alive in a new way the traditions of the English vel.
- Author BiographyRachael Gilmour is Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. Bill Schwarz is Reader in Postcolonial Studies at Queen Mary, University of London.
- PublisherManchester University Press
- Date of Publication01/09/2011
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationManchester
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintManchester University Press
- Weight454 g
- Width170 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Edited byBill Schwarz,Rachael Gilmour
- Format DetailsImitation cloth
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